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73. Upon hearing these words the envoys again returned into the city,1 and, after holding a consultation with the people, told Archidamus that they wished first to communicate his proposals to the Athenians, and if they could get their consent they would do as he advised; in the meantime they desired him to make a truce with them, and not to ravage their land. So he made a truce which allowed sufficient time for their ambassadors to return from Athens; [2] and meanwhile he spared their land. [3] The Plataean envoys came to Athens, and after advising with the Athenians they brought back the following message to their fellow-citizens:— 'Plataeans, the Athenians say that never at any time since you first became their allies2 have they suffered any one to do you wrong, and that they will not forsake you now, but will assist you to the utmost of their power; and they adjure you, by the oaths which your fathers swore, not to forsake the Athenian alliance.'

1 The Plateans, obtaining permission to consult the Athenians, are encouraged by them to resist.

2 Herod. 6.108.

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