The booklet was once written by way of Thucydides, an Athenian historian who additionally occurred to function an Athenian basic through the struggle. His account of the clash is commonly thought of to be a vintage, and is considered one of many earliest scholarly works of history.
Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the historical past of the battle among the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, starting in the interim that it broke out, and believing that it'd be an outstanding struggle and extra precious of relation than any that had preceded it. This trust used to be no longer with no its grounds. The arrangements of either the warring parties have been in each division within the final nation of perfection and he may well see the remainder of the Hellenic race taking facets within the quarrel those that not on time doing so instantly having it in contemplation.
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We are at last assembled. It has not been easy to assemble, nor even now are our objects defined. We ought not to be still inquiring into the fact of our wrongs, but into the means of our defence. You, Lacedaemonians, of all the Hellenes are alone inactive, and defend yourselves not by doing anything but by looking as if you would do something; you alone wait till the power of an enemy is becoming twice its original size, instead of crushing it in its infancy. And yet the world used to say that you were to be depended upon; but in your case, we fear, it said more than the truth.
Defeated at sea, he considered his power to be no longer what it had been, and retired as speedily as possible with the greater part of his army. “Such, then, was the result of the matter, and it was clearly proved that it was on the fleet of Hellas that her cause depended. Indeed, this was the reason of your receiving him with honours such as had never been accorded to any foreign visitor. While for daring patriotism we had no competitors. We assert, therefore, that we conferred on you quite as much as we received.
Thus while Athens was increasing her navy with the funds which they contributed, a revolt always found them without resources or experience for war. About the same time they sent ten thousand settlers of their own citizens and the allies to settle the place then called Ennea Hodoi or Nine Ways, now Amphipolis. Meanwhile the Thasians being defeated in the field and suffering siege, appealed to Lacedaemon, and desired her to assist them by an invasion of Attica. Without informing Athens, she promised and intended to do so, but was prevented by the occurrence of the earthquake, accompanied by the secession of the Helots and the Thuriats and Aethaeans of the Perioeci to Ithome.
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