ceeded to the office of Tagus. Now Polydorus, while the two were on their way to Larisa, was killed at night in his sleep by Polyphron, his brother, as people thought; for his death was sudden and without manifest cause.
Then Polyphron, in his turn, held sway for a year, and made the office of Tagus like the rule of a tyrant. For in Pharsalus he put to death Polydamas and eight more370 B.C. of the best among the citizens, and from Larisa he drove many into exile. While thus engaged he, also,369 B.C. was slain by Alexander, who posed as avenger of Polydorus and destroyer of the tyranny.
But when Alexander had himself succeeded to the position of ruler, he proved a cruel Tagus to the Thessalians, a cruel enemy to the Thebans and Athenians, and an unjust robber both by land and by sea. Being such a man, he likewise was slain in his turn, the358 B.C. actual deed being done by his wife's brothers, though the plan was conceived by the woman herself.
For she reported to her brothers that Alex
he following year ambassadors of the Lacedaemonians369 B.C. and their allies, with full powers, came to Athensound about your state, and they are all weaker than369 B.C. yours. In addition to this, you have harbours, wit straightway you fell completely under their power.369 B.C. In these circumstances, therefore, it is plain to e may judge from the results. For you made war upon369 B.C. them for many years, The speaker is referring againd their men of least account. Answer me,” he said,369 B.C. “Timocrates of Lacedaemon, did you not say a momen
And when such as came out of the affair with their369 B.C. lives had made their escape to the nearest hill, autting the rest to flight, pursued them about three369 B.C. or four stadia. When this had taken place the Coriwever, the Thebans remained but a few days and then369 B.C. returned home, and the others likewise to their se, it may be that you will soon find in them another369 B.C. set of Lacedaemonians.” Upon hearing these words t<
onouring them in other ways, sent them an ox as a gift of hospitality.
Again, when the enemy had retired from Lacedaemon,369 B.C. and the Argives, in anger at the devotion of the Phliasians toward the Lacedaemonians, had invaded the territory of Phliof the Phliasians made them an offer that if they would only put in an appearance to help their party, they would capture369 B.C. Phlius; and when this plan had been agreed upon, during the night the exiles and others with them, about six hundred in zens gained possession of some of the towers on this side and on that, they closed in desperate battle with those who had369 B.C. mounted upon their walls. And the enemy, as they were forced back by them — by their courage as well as by their fightinher with handclasps on their preservation, and the women bringing them drink and at the same time crying for joy. Indeed,369 B.C. “laughter mingled with tears” An allusion to Iliad vi. 484, did on that occasion really possess all who were present.