11.And this was due not so much to scarcity of men as of money.Difficulty of subsistence made the invaders reduce the numbers of the army
to a point at which it might live on the country during the prosecution of
the war. Even after the victory they obtained on their arrival—and a
victory there must have been, or the fortifications of the naval camp could
never have been built—there is no indication of their whole force
having been employed; on the contrary, they seem to have turned to cultivation of the Chersonese
and to piracy from want of supplies.This was what really enabled the Trojans to keep the field for ten years
against them; the dispersion of the enemy making them always a match for the detachment
If they had brought plenty of supplies with them, and had persevered in the
war without scattering for piracy and agriculture, they would have easily
defeated the Trojans in the field; since they could hold their own against them with the division on service.In short, if they had stuck to the siege, the capture of Troy would have
cost them less time and less trouble.But as want of money proved the weakness of earlier expeditions, so from
the same cause even the one in question, more famous than its predecessors,
may be pronounced on the evidence of what it effected to have been inferior
to its renown and to the current opinion about it formed under the tuition
of the poets.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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