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[7] Most of those who heard this refrained from troubling him about their affairs, but did not cease paying him their court, nay rather, by waiting upon him in the public walks and places of exercise, they gave Agesilaus even more annoyance than before, because he envied him the honor. Therefore, though he offered most of the Spartans1 commands in the field and governments of cities, he appointed Lysander his carver of meats. And presently, as if by way of insult to the Ionians, he said ‘Let them be off, and pay their court now to my carver of meats.’

1 Agis took thirty Spartans with him as counsellors and captains (Plut. Ages. 6.3; Xen. Ages. 1.7).

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