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[6] Accordingly, they heaped abuse on those who said that the war was fated to last thrice nine years,1 and then, in this spirit, debated the whole issue, and made peace.2 Most men held it to be a manifest release from ills, and Nicias was in every mouth. They said he was a man beloved of God, and that Heaven had bestowed on him, for his reverent piety, the privilege of giving his name to the greatest and fairest of blessings.

1 Cf. Thuc. 5.26.

2 Signed in the spring of 421 B.C.

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