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[11] In your own case, also, I see that sometimes many reverses result from the things you have done with too little judgment, among which was, in fact, the seizure of the Cadmea in Thebes; now, at any rate, the cities which you were eager to make independent have all, in consequence of the wrong done to the Thebans, fallen again under their power. Hence I hope that now, when we have been1 taught that to seek selfish advantage is unprofitable, we shall again be reasonable in our friendship with each other.

1 371 B.C.

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