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[39] Then Seuthes replied: “You are right, and I will adopt your practice. I will give you guides1 from among the oldest men, who know the country best, and I myself will bring up the rear with my horsemen; for I can speedily reach the front if need be.” Then they gave out “Athena” as the watchword, on account of their kinship.2 After this conference they went to rest.

1 Which are necessary now that the Greeks, whose hoplites form “the slowest arm,” are to lead the way.

2 cp. Xen. Anab. 7.2.31.

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