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β€˜ [3] For if I might die myself in behalf of you all, I should deem it a piece of good fortune for me. And I feel pity,’ said he, β€˜men of Athens, for those also who have fled hither from Thebes; but it is enough that the Greeks should have the fate of Thebes to mourn. Therefore it is better to supplicate and try to persuade the victors for both you and them, and not to fight.’

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