But it may be
urged, by someone who claims to know all about it, that he acted on that
occasion, not from ambition or from any of those motives with which I find
fault, but because the claims of the Thebans were more just than ours. Now that
is precisely the one argument that he cannot use now. What! The man who orders
the Lacedaemonians to give up their claims to Messene
, how could he pretend that he handed over Orchomenus
because he thought it an act of justice?