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[4] It was a serious matter, therefore, to allow many such men in the city, when she lacked not a few soldiers. So they chose AgesilaĆ¼s as a law-giver for the occasion. And he, without adding to or subtracting from or changing the laws in any way, came into the assembly of the Lacedaemonians and said that the laws must be allowed to sleep for that day, but from that day on must be in sovereign force. By this means he at once saved the laws for the city and the men from infamy.

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