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As the spring came on again, Agesilaus was confined1 to his bed. For when he was leading his army back from Thebes, and, in Megara, was ascending from the Aphrodisium to the government2 building, some vein or other was ruptured, and the blood from his body poured into his sound3 leg. Then as the lower part of his leg became immensely swollen and the pain unendurable, a Syracusan surgeon opened the vein at his ankle. But when once the blood had begun to flow, it ran night and day, and with all they could do they were unable to check the flow until he lost consciousness; then, however, it stopped. So it came about that after being carried back to Lacedaemon he was ill the rest of the summer and throughout the winter.

1 376 B.C.

2 376 B.C.

3 See III. iii. 3 and note.

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