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[6] Accordingly, when the Boeotian magistrates heard of this, they were moved to anger, and sent their officers, forbidding AgesilaĆ¼s to sacrifice contrary to the laws and customs of the Boeotians. These officers not only delivered their message, but also snatched the thigh-pieces of the victim from the altar. 1 AgesilaĆ¼s therefore sailed away in great distress of mind; he was not only highly incensed at the Thebans, but also full of ill-boding on account of the omen. He was convinced that his undertakings would be incomplete, and that his expedition would have no fitting issue.

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