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26. Upon this the Athenians at once decreed that the generals should be empowered to act1 as they thought best in the interest of the state respecting the numbers of the army and the whole management of the expedition. [2] Then the preparations began. Lists for service were made up at home and orders given to the allies. The city had newly recovered from the plague and from the constant pressure of war; a new population had grown up; there had been time for the accumulation of money during the peace; so that there was abundance of everything at command.

1 Preparations for war.

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