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[3] After these men had both fallen in one and the same battle before Amphipolis,1 Nicias found at once that the Spartans had long been eager for peace, and that the Athenians were no longer in good heart for the war; that both were, so to speak, unstrung, and glad to let their arms drop to their sides. He therefore strove to unite the two cities in friendship, and to free the rest of the Hellenes from ills, as well as to give himself a season of rest, and so to make secure for all coming time the name which he had for success.

1 In the autumn of 422 B.C. Cf. Thuc. 5.8-11.

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