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[40] It was said, however, that Epaminondas (for he chanced to be general at that time) urged that he had acted far more rightly when he seized the men than when he released them. “For,” he said to the ambassadors,1 “it was on your account that we entered upon war, and you concluded peace without our approval; should we not, therefore, be justified in charging you with treason for this act? But be well assured,” said he, “that we shall make an expedition to Arcadia and shall wage war in company with those who hold to our side.”

1 363 B.C.

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