The Athenians and Peloponnesians had these
antecedent grounds of complaint against each other: the complaint of Corinth
was that her colony of Potidaea, and Corinthian and Peloponnesian citizens
within it, were being besieged; that of Athens against the Peloponnesians that they had incited a town of
hers, a member of her alliance and a contributor to her revenue, to revolt,
and had come and were openly fighting against her on the side of the
Potidaeans.For all this, war had not yet broken out: there was still truce for a
while; for this was a private enterprise on the part of Corinth.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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