The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Hellenica by Xenophon:|
Orchomenian and Phocian heavy infantry. In light-armed troops, it must
be admitted, the numbers told heavily in favour of Agesilaus, but the
cavalry on both sides were fairly balanced.
 Lit. "a mora"; for the numbers, see "Ages." ii. 6; Plut. "Ages."
17; Grote, "H. G." ix. 433.
 I.e. "enfranchised helots."
 See "Ages." ii. 10, 11; and above, "Hell." III. iv. 20.
 See Hicks, op. cit. 68.
Such were the forces of either party. I will describe the battle
itself, if only on account of certain features which distinguish it
from the battles of our time. The two armies met on the plain of