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53. In the same summer there broke out a war between the Epidaurians and the Argives. The1 occasion of the war was as follows:— The Epidaurians were bound to send a victim as a tribute for2 the meadows3 to the temple of Apollo Pythaeus over which the Argives had chief authority, and they had not done so. But this charge was a mere pretext; for in any case Alcibiades and the Argives had determined, if possible, to attach Epidaurus to their league, that they might keep the Corinthians quiet, and enable the Athenians to bring forces to Argos direct from Aegina instead of sailing round the promontory of Scyllaeum. So the Argives prepared to invade Epidauria, as if they wished on their own account to exact payment of the sacrifice.

1 The Argives on a flimsy pretext make war against the Epidaurians

2 Or, reading παραποταμίων, 'the water meadows.'

3 Or, reading παραποταμίων, 'the water meadows.'

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