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[2] And when Epaminondas answered again in the same way by asking whether he intended to make the cities of Laconia independent, AgesilaĆ¼s became violent and was glad of the pretext for at once erasing the name of the Thebans from the treaty of peace and declaring war upon them. 1 The rest of the Greeks, however, he ordered to depart, now that they were reconciled with each other, leaving differences which could be healed to the terms of peace, and those which could not, to war, since it was a hard task to settle and remove all their disputes.

1 According to Xenophon ( Hell. vi. 3, 19.), who makes no mention of Epaminondas, the Thebans had signed as Thebans, but on the next day wished to substitute Boeotians for Thebans. This AgesilaĆ¼s refused to permit. It would have recognized the supremacy of Thebes in Boeotia.

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