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[85] Nay, they arrived at such a pitch of folly that at a time when they were not masters of their own suburbs1 they expected to extend their power over Italy and Sicily and Carthage.2 And so far did they outdo all mankind in recklessness that whereas misfortunes chasten others and render them more prudent our fathers learned no lessons even from this discipline.

1 Decelea was 14 miles from Athens, but the Athenians kept within their walls, and the Spartans ravaged thier territory almost at will. See Thuc. 7.19 ff.

2 Thucydides makes Alcibiades voice the expectation of conquering first Sicily, then Italy, and then Carthage. See Thuc. 6.90.

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