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[4] It is true one hears it said by Lacedaemonians that Lysander wrote to the ephors thus: ‘Athens is taken’; and that the ephors wrote back to Lysander: ‘‘Taken’ were enough’; but this story was invented for its neatness' sake.1 The actual decree of the ephors ran thus: ‘This is what the Lacedaemonian authorities have decided: tear down the Piraeus and the long walls; quit all the cities and keep to your own land; if you do these things, and restore your exiles, you shall have peace, if you want it. ’

1 To illustrate the Spartan passion for brevity of speech.

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