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 for while they are in Phocian territory they succeed in killing a few hireling1 soldiers who are better off dead than alive, but when they retreat they lose of their own citizens those who are most esteemed and most ready to die for their fatherland. And so completely have their fortunes shifted, that whereas they once hoped that all Hellas would be subject to them, now they rest upon you2 the hopes of their own deliverance. Therefore I think that the Thebans also will do with alacrity whatever you command or advise.