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My first experience in the field was in what is called “division service,”1 when I was with the other men of my age and the mercenary troops of Alcibiades, who convoyed the provision train to Phleius. We fell into danger near the place known as the Nemean ravine, and I so fought as to win the praise of my officers.2 I also served on the other expeditions in succession, whether we were called out by age-groups or by divisions.

1 When citizens were called out for military service, if it was not necessary to call the whole body of reserves, the men of some specified age were called. e.g. all between the ages of twenty and thirty, or twenty and forty (cp. Aeschin. 2.133). Since the names of the men of a given age were kept in the register under the name of the Archon Eponymos in whose year they came of age, such a levy was called στρατεία ἐν τοῖς ἐπωνύμοις. If only a part of such an age-group was called out, it was called a division levy (στρατεία ἐν τοῖς μέρεσιν).

2 In 363 b.c. See Xen. Hell. 7.2.17 ff.

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