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[2] The first impact, it is true, did not meet with much resistance, nor was it long contested, but the Thebans speedily routed the Orchomenians, as AgesilaĆ¼s did the Argives. Both parties, however, on hearing that their left wings were overwhelmed and in flight, turned back. Then, although the victory might have been his without peril if he had been willing to refrain from attacking the Thebans in front and to smite them in the rear after they had passed by, AgesilaĆ¼s was carried away by passion and the ardour of battle and advanced directly upon them, wishing to bear them down by sheer force.

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