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110. Mel. 'But they may send their allies: the Cretan sea is a large place; and the masters of the1 sea will have more difficulty in overtaking vessels which want to escape than the pursued in escaping. [2] If the attempt should fail they may invade Attica itself, and find their way to allies of yours whom Brasidas did not reach: and then you will have to fight, not for the conquest of a land in which you have no concern, but nearer home, for the preservation of your confederacy and of your own territory.'

1 Their ships may find their way to us; and they may themselves in vade Attica and draw away your allies.

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