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Unformatted text preview: And when it had been made and the Sidonian Phoenicians were the winners, he took pleasure in the contest and the host. thereupon Xerxes thought himself blessed and after that wept DISCUSSION: How does the author get this inside the dialogue of the enemy Persian??? It is said that Leonidas himself sent away the troops who departed, because he tendered their safety, but thought it unseemly that either he or his Spartans should quit the post which they had been especially sent to guard. For my own part, I incline to think that Leonidas gave the order, because he perceived the allies to be out of heart and unwilling to encounter the danger to which his own mind was made up. Separates his view from historical...
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