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[3] But Cleomenes, conjecturing what the speaker wished, said: ‘What meanest thou, Lysandridas? Thou surely canst not bid me give your city back again to you.’ To which Lysandridas replied: ‘Indeed, that is just what I mean, and I advise thee in thine own interests not to destroy so great a city, hut to fill it with friends and allies who are trusty and true by giving back to the Megalopolitans their native city and becoming the preserver of so large a people.’

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