95.But the violence of Pausanias had already begun to be disagreeable to the
Hellenes, particularly to the Ionians and the newly liberated populations.These resorted to the Athenians and requested them as their kinsmen to
become their leaders, and to stop any attempt at violence on the part of
The Athenians accepted their overtures, and determined to put down any
attempt of the kind and to settle everything else as their interests might
seem to demand.
In the meantime the Lacedaemonians recalled Pausanias for an investigation
of the reports which had reached them.Manifold and grave accusations had been brought against him by Hellenes
arriving in Sparta; and, to all appearance, there had been in him more of the mimicry of a
despot than of the attitude of a general.
As it happened, his recall came just at the time when the hatred which he
had inspired had induced the allies to desert him, the soldiers from
Peloponnese excepted, and to range themselves by the side of the Athenians.
On his arrival at Lacedaemon, he was censured for his private acts of
oppression, but was acquitted on the heaviest counts and pronounced not
guilty; it must be known that the charge of Medism formed one of the principal, and
to all appearance one of the best-founded articles against him.
The Lacedaemonians did not, however, restore him to his command, but sent
out Dorkis and certain others with a small force; who found the allies no longer inclined to concede to them the supremacy.
Perceiving this they departed, and the Lacedaemonians did not send out any
to succeed them.They feared for those who went out a deterioration similar to that
observable in Pausanias; besides, they desired to be rid of the Median war, and were satisfied of
the competency of the Athenians for the position, and of their friendship at
the time towards themselves.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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