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74. After this the allies dispersed to their several cities and Brasidas returned to Corinth, where1 he made preparations for his expedition into Chalcidicè, his original destination. [2] When the Athenians had also gone home, such of the Megarians as had been chiefly concerned with them, knowing that they were discovered, at once slipped away. The rest of the citizens, after conferring with the friends of the exiles, recalled them from Pegae2, first binding them by the most solemn oaths to consider the interests of the state and to forget old quarrels. [3] But no sooner had they come into office than, taking the opportunity of a review and drawing up the divisions apart from one another, they selected about a hundred of their enemies, and of those who seemed to have been most deeply implicated with the Athenians, and compelled the people to give sentence upon them by an open vote; having obtained their condemnation, they put them to death. They then established in the city an extreme oligarchy. [4] And no govern. ment based on a counter revolution effected by so few ever lasted so long a time.

1 Megara now passes into the hands of the oligarchs, who cruelly and treacherously put to death their opponents.

2 Cp 4.66 init.

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