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They say that when an embassy had come from Lacedaemon to Athens to treat of these matters, and Pericles was shielding himself behind the plea that a certain law prevented his taking down the tablet on which the decree was inscribed, Polyalces, one of the ambassadors, cried: ‘Well then, don't take it down, but turn the tablet to the wall; surely there's no law preventing that.’ Clever as the proposal was, however, not one whit the more did Pericles give in.

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