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At this time word came from home to the Syracusan generals that they had been banished by the democratic party.1 Accordingly they called together their soldiers and, through Hermocrates as spokesman,2 lamented their misfortune in being unjustly and illegally banished, all without exception. They urged their soldiers to continue zealous in the future, as they had been in the past, and to be true men in obeying every order; and they directed them to choose new commanders, to hold office until those who had been chosen to fill their places should arrive from Syracuse.

1 The generals being of the oligarchical party in Syracuse.

2 410 B.C.

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