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[3] He actually brought carpenters and masons from Athens, and displayed all manner of zeal, thus winning favour and power for himself no less than for his city. In like manner he persuaded the people of Patrae to attach their city to the sea by long walls.1 Thereupon some one said to the Patrensians: ‘Athens will swallow you up!’ ‘Perhaps so,’ said Alcibiades, ‘but you will go slowly, and feet first; whereas Sparta will swallow you head first, and at one gulp.’

1 419 B.C.

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