Sulla abated nothing of his wrath against the Athenians, and so a few effected an escape to Delphi
, and asked if the time were now come when it was fated for Athens
also to be made desolate, receiving from the Pythia the response about the wine skin. Afterwards Sulla was smitten with the disease which I learn attacked Pherecydes the Syrian. Although Sulla's treatment of the Athenian people was so savage as to be unworthy of a Roman, I do not think that this was the cause of his calamity, but rather the vengeance of the suppliants' Protector, for he had dragged Aristion from the sanctuary of Athena, where he had taken refuge, and killed him.
Such wise was Athens
sorely afflicted by the war with Rome
, but she flourished again when Hadrian was emperor.