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[11] And when the Spartan ambassadors upbraided him for making war upon them without previous declaration, he said: ‘Yet we know that you Spartans also do not tell others beforehand what you are going to do.’ Whereupon one of those who were present, Mandrocleidas by name, said to him in the broad Spartan dialect: ‘If thou art a god, we shall suffer no harm at thy hands; for we have done thee no wrong; but if a man, another will be found who is even stronger than thou.’

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