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112. The Athenians left the conference: the Melians, after consulting among themselves, resolved1 to persevere in their refusal, and made answer as follows:—' Men of Athens, our resolution is unchanged; [2] and we will not in a moment surrender that liberty which our city, founded seven hundred years ago, still enjoys; we will trust to the good fortune which, by the favour of the Gods, has hitherto preserved us, and for human help to the Lacedaemonians, and endeavour to save ourselves. [3] We are ready however to be your friends, and the enemies neither of you nor of the Lacedaemonians, and we ask you to leave our country when you have made such a peace as may appear to be in the interest of both parties.'

1 The Melians refuse to yield.

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