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[243c] and barbarians.1 And then it was that the strength and valor of our State shone out conspicuously. For when men fancied that she was already reduced by war, with her ships cut off at Mytilene, her citizens sent sixty ships to the rescue, manning the ships themselves and proving themselves disputably to be men of valor by conquering their foes and setting free their friends;2 albeit they met with undeserved misfortune, and were not recovered from the sea to find their burial here.3 And for these reasons it behoves us to have them in remembrance

1 This refers to the Spartan treaty with Tissaphernes, B.C. 412, and the subsequent cooperation of the Persians against Athens.

2 The battle of Mytilene was fought in 407 B.C.

3 At the battle of Arinusae, 406 B.C., twenty-five ships' crews were lost.

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