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As for myself, at any rate, if I may speak my own mind, I had rather die this moment for not complying with the dictates of the foe than live many times my allotted span of life at the price of voting what the Thebans demand. For I should feel disgraced, I who am descended from Heracles,1 who am the son of the ruling king and likely myself to attain to this honor,2 if I did not strive with all the strength that is in me to prevent this territory, which our fathers left to us, from becoming the possession of our slaves.

1 The Spartan kings claimed descent from Heracles Isoc. 4.62.

2 Archidamus became king after the death of Agesilaus in 361 B.C.

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