85.These practices, then, which our ancestors have delivered to us, and by
whose maintenance we have always profited, must not be given up.And we must not be hurried into deciding in a day's brief space a question
which concerns many lives and fortunes and many cities, and in which honor
is deeply involved,—but we must decide calmly.This our strength peculiarly enables us to do.
As for the Athenians, send to them on the matter of Potidaea, send on the
matter of the alleged wrongs of the allies, particularly as they are
prepared with legal satisfaction; and to proceed against one who offers arbitration as against a wrongdoer,
law forbids.Meanwhile do not omit preparation for war.This decision will be the best for yourselves, the most terrible to your
Such were the words of Archidamus.Last came forward Sthenelaidas, one of the Ephors for that year, and spoke
to the Lacedaemonians as follows:—
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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