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[9] There followed with him also many of the Perioeci as volunteers, men of the better class, and aliens who belonged to the so-called foster-children1 of Sparta, and sons of the Spartiatae by Helot women, exceedingly finelooking men, not without experience of the good gifts of the state. Furthermore, volunteers from the allied states joined the expedition and horsemen of the Thessalians, who wished to become known to Agesipolis, while Amyntas and Derdas took part with even greater eagerness than before. Under2 these circumstances it was that Agesipolis marched against Olynthus.

1 i.e., were brought up at Sparta and went through the usual course of Spartan discipline. Xenophon's own sons belonged to this class.

2 381 B.C.

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