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[54] For our fathers tried to persuade their allies to establish the very same polity in their cities as they themselves had continually cherished;1 and it is a sign of good will and friendship when any people urge it upon others to use those institutions which they conceive to be beneficial to themselves. The Lacedaemonians, on the other hand, set up in their subject states a polity which resembled neither that which obtained among themselves nor those which have existed anywhere else in the world; nay, they vested in ten men2 alone the government of each of the states—men of such a character that were one to attempt to denounce them for three or four days without pause he would appear to have covered not a fraction of the wrongs which have been perpetrated by them.

1 See Isoc. 4.104-106.

2 For these “decarchies” and their misrule see Isoc. 4.110-114.

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