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The Peloponnesian war had now been carried on for a long time, and after their disaster in Sicily1 it was expected that the Athenians would straightway lose their control of the sea, and presently give up the struggle altogether. But Alcibiades, returning from exile and taking the command, wrought a great change, and made his countrymen again a match for their enemies by sea.2

1 413 B.C. Cf. Thuc. 8.2.

2 Cf. Plut. Alc. 32.4

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