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[3] For the Persian was enamoured of an Athenian boy, an athlete, who, owing to his stature and strength, was in danger of being ruled out of the lists at Olympia. He therefore had recourse to AgesilaĆ¼s with entreaties to help the boy, and AgesilaĆ¼s, wishing to gratify him in this matter also, with very great difficulty and with much trouble effected his desires. 1

Indeed, although in other matters he was exact and law-abiding, in matters of friendship he thought that rigid justice was a mere pretext.

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