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[2] Telecleides says1 that the Athenians had handed over to him
With the cities' assessments the cities themselves, to bind or release as he pleases,
Their ramparts of stone to build up if he likes, and then to pull down again straightway,
Their treaties, their forces, their might, peace, and riches, and all the fair gifts of good fortune.
And this was not the fruit of a golden moment, nor the culminating popularity of an administration that bloomed but for a season; nay rather he stood first for forty years2 among such men as Ephialtes, Leocrates, Myronides, Cimon, Tolmides, and Thucydides,

1 In a play of unknown name. Kock, Com. Att. Frag. i. p. 220.

2 Reckoning roundly from 469 to 429 B.C.

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