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20. This treaty was concluded at the end of winter, just at the beginning of spring, immediately1 after the city Dionysia. Ten years, with a difference of a few days, had passed since the invasion of Attica and the commencement of the war. [2] I would have a person reckon the actual periods of time, and not rely upon catalogues of the archons or other official personages whose names may be used in different cities to mark the dates of past events. For whether an event occurred in the beginning, or in the middle, or whatever might be the exact point, of a magistrate's term of office is left uncertain by such a mode of reckoning. [3] But if he measure by summers and winters as they are here set down, and count each summer and winter as a half year, he will find that ten summers and ten winters passed in the first part of the war.

1 The war had lasted almost exactly ten years.

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