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Nicias deigned no answer to this; but some of his soldiers mocked, and asked the herald if the presence of a single Spartan cloak and staff had made the prospects of the Syracusans on a sudden so secure that they could afford to deride the Athenians, who had restored to the Lacedaemonians, out of prison and fetters, three hundred men1 far sturdier than Gylippus, and longer haired.

1 The captives of Sphacteria (;Plut. Nic. 8.1), two hundred and ninety-two in number (;Thuc. 4.38.5).

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