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70. At length the two armies went forward. The Argives and their allies advanced to the charge1 with great fury and determination. The Lacedaemonians moved slowly and to the music of many flute-players, who were stationed in their ranks, and played, not as an act of religion, but in order that the army might march evenly and in true measure, and that the line might not break, as often happens in great armies when they go into battle.

1 The Argives march into battle with great fury; the Lacedae monians quietly to the sound of music.

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