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Meanwhile the Athenians, seeing that the1 Plataeans, who were their friends, had been expelled from Boeotia and had fled to them for refuge, and that the Thespians were beseeching them not to allow them to be left without a city, no longer commended the Thebans, but, on the contrary, while they were partly ashamed to make war upon2 them and partly reckoned it to be inexpedient, they nevertheless refused any longer to take part with them in what they were doing, inasmuch as they saw that they were campaigning against the Phocians, who were old friends of the Athenians, and were annihilating cities which had been faithful in the war against the barbarian3 and were friendly to Athens.

1 371 B.C.

2 371 B.C.

3 The Plataeans and Thespians had, in fact, won especial distinction in the Persian wars.

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