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Do not overlook another thing, gentlemen; you are negotiating today for the peace and independence of all Greeks alike: you are giving them all the opportunity of sharing in every advantage. Think of the circumstances in which the leading powers are ceasing hostilities. To begin with, take Sparta. When she first went to war with us and our allies,1 she controlled both land and sea; but the peace is leaving her mistress of neither.

1 In 395, when Pausanias and Lysander invaded Boeotia. This began the “Corinthian War.”

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