The Athenians, realizing the feelings of the Lacedaemonians towards them, made friends therefore with the Argives, and gave Naupactus
to the Messenians besieged in Ithome
, when they were allowed to depart under a truce. They had taken Naupactus
from the Locrians adjoining Aetolia
, called the Ozolian. The retirement of the Messenians from Ithome
was secured by the strength of the place; also the Pythia announced to the Lacedaemonians that assuredly they would be punished if they committed a crime against the suppliant of Zeus of Ithome
. For this reason then they were allowed to go from Peloponnese
under a truce.