After this action had been
taken and while the generals were about to be led off by the public executioners to death,
Diomedon, one of the generals, took the floor before the people, a man who was both vigorous in
the conduct of war and thought by all to excel both in justice and in the other virtues. And
when all became still, he said:
"Men of Athens, may the action
which has been taken regarding us turn out well for the state; but as for the vows which we
made for the victory, inasmuch as Fortune has prevented our paying them, since it is well that
you give thought to them, do you pay them to Zeus the Saviour and Apollo and the Holy
; for it was to
these gods that we made vows before we overcame the enemy."
Now after Diomedon had made this request he was led off to the appointed execution together
with the other generals, though among the better citizens he had aroused great compassion and
tears; for that the man who was about to meet an unjust death should make no mention whatsoever
of his own fate but on behalf of the state which was wronging him should request it to pay his
vows to the gods appeared to be an act of a man who was god-fearing and magnanimous and
undeserving of the fate that was to befall him.
then, were put to death by the eleven2
magistrates who are designated by the
laws, although far from having committed any crime against the state, they had won the greatest
naval battle that had ever taken place of Greeks against Greeks and fought in splendid fashion
in other battles and by reason of their individual deeds of valour had set up trophies of
victories over their enemies.
To such an extent were the
people beside themselves at that time, and provoked unjustly as they were by their political
leaders, they vented their rage upon men who were deserving, not of punishment, but of many
praises and crowns.