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[2] for the Thebans had not yet departed when messengers came to him with tidings that the Spartan division had been cut to pieces by Iphicrates. 1 This was the greatest disaster that had happened to the Spartans in a long time; for they lost many brave men, and those men were overwhelmed by targeteers and mercenaries, though they were men-at-arms and Lacedaemonians.

1 At Lechaeum the port of Corinth on the Corinthian gulf in 390 B.C. ( Xenophon, Hell. iv. 5, 11-18).

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