terror both in the country and in the city.
Now while he was at dinner in the land of the Argives, on the first evening of his stay there, and when the after-dinner libations had just been made, the god sent an earthquake; and all the Lacedaemonians, those in the royal tent taking the lead, struck up the paean to PoseidonTo whom earthquakes were ascribed by the Greeks.; and the rest of the soldiers expected to retire from the country, because Agis likewise, on an occasion when an earthquake888 B.C. took place, had withdrawn his army from Elis.Cp. III. ii. 24. But Agesipolis said that if the god had sent an earthquake when he was about to invade, he should have thought that he was forbidding the invasion; but since he sent it after he had invaded, he believed that he was urging him on;
accordingly, on the next day, after offering sacrifices to Poseidon, he again led on his forces, advancing far into the country. And inasmuch as Agesilaus had lately made an expedition into Argos, Agesip