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[2] But this policy of his, although it did plunge the city again into war, made it nevertheless strong and formidable, by reason of the alliance with Mantinea and Argos which Alcibiades secured for it. And yet Marcius himself also used deceit to stir up war between the Romans and Volscians, when he brought a false charge against the visitors to the games, as Dionysius relates;1 and the motive for his action makes it the worse of the two.

1 See Coriolanus, xxvi. 2; Dionysius Hal., Antiq. Rom. viii. 2.

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