54."Nevertheless, we will produce our reasons of equity against the quarrel of the Thebans and withal make mention of our services done both to you and to the rest of Greece, and make trial if by any means we can persuade you.
As to that short interrogatory, whether we have any way done good in this present war to the Lacedaemonians and their confederates, or not, if you ask us as enemies, we say that, if we have done them no good, we have also done them no wrong;
if you ask us as friends, then we say that they rather have done us the injury in that they made war upon us.But in the time of the peace and in the war against the Medes we behaved ourselves well;
for the one we brake not first, and in the other we were the only Boeotians that joined with you for the delivery of Greece.For though we dwell up in the land, yet we fought by sea at Artemisium;and in the battle fought in this our own territory, we were with you;and whatsoever dangers the Grecians in those times underwent, we were partakers of all, even beyond our strength.
And unto you, Lacedaemonians, in particular, when Sparta was in greatest affright after the earthquake, upon the rebellion of the Helotes and seizing of Ithome, we sent the third part of our power to assist you, which you have no reason to forget.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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