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And since he was now of an altogether harsh disposition, owing to the melancholy which persisted into his old age, he stirred up the ephors, and persuaded them to fit out an expedition against the Thebans; and assuming the command, he set out on the campaign.1 Afterwards the ephors sent out Pausanias the king also with an army.

1 Lysander was commissioned to raise a force of allies in Phocis and the neighboring country, with which Pausanias was to unite his troops (Xen. Hell. 3.5.6). Plutarch's language is obscure.

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