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[108] which was not only fitted by her situation to command the sea, but also surpassed all the islands in her general resources,1 and Euboea lent itself more readily to our control than did our own country besides, while we knew that both among the Hellenes and among the barbarians those are regarded most highly who have driven their neighbors from their homes2 and have so secured for themselves a life of affluence and ease, nevertheless, none of these considerations tempted us to wrong the people of the island;

1 Herodotus characterizes Euboea as a “large and prosperous” island, Hdt. 5.31. Cf. Thuc. 8.96.

2 This cynical remark points to the Spartan conquest of Messene.

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