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Lysander and the Execution of the Athenian Prisoners at Aegospotami (Xenophon, Hell. 2.1.31-32)

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Xenophon’s account allows us to suspect that Lysander killed the Athenian prisoners in the Hellespont because most of them were thetes, who he feared would make Athens strong again if they lived. The historian was unwilling for ideological reasons to say explicitly that the seamen of Athens were the real opponents of the Spartan commander on this occasion, but he expected that through his evasive writing his readers would conceive his message about Lysander.

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