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 It is well for me to speak to you also about the two Kings, the one against whom I am advising you to take the field, and the one against whom Clearchus made war, in order that you may know the temper and the power of each. In the first place, the father1 of the present King once defeated our city2 and later the city of the Lacedaemonians,3 while this King4 has never overcome anyone of the armies which have been violating his territory.
1 Artaxerxes II., 405-359 B.C.
2 This is inexact. He is probably thinking of the defeat of the Athenians in the Peloponnnesian War in which Sparta had the assistance of Persia; but Artaxerxes II. came to the throne in the year of the battle of Aegospotami.
3 At the battle of Cnidus with the help of Conon, 394 B.C.
4 Artaxerxes III., 359-339 B.C.