Almost immediately after this, fresh
differences arose between the Athenians and Peloponnesians, and contributed
their share to the war.
Corinth was forming schemes for retaliation, and Athens suspected her
hostility. The Potidaeans, who inhabit the isthmus of Pallene, being a Corinthian
colony, but tributary allies of Athens, were ordered to raze the wall
looking towards Pallene, to give hostages, to dismiss the Corinthian
magistrates, and in future not to receive the persons sent from Corinth
annually to succeed them. It was feared that they might be persuaded by Perdiccas and the Corinthians
to revolt, and might draw the rest of the allies in the direction of Thrace
to revolt with them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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