Now the wall of the Peloponnesians was
constructed as follows.It consisted of two lines drawn round the place, one against the Plataeans,
the other against any attack on the outside from Athens, about sixteen feet
The intermediate space of sixteen feet was occupied by huts portioned out
among the soldiers on guard, and built in one block, so as to give the
appearance of a single thick wall with battlements on either side.
At intervals of every ten battlements were towers of considerable size, and
the same breadth as the wall, reaching right across from its inner to its
outer face, with no means of passing except through the middle.
Accordingly on stormy and wet nights the battlements were deserted, and
guard kept from the towers, which were not far apart and roofed in
above.Such being the structure of the
wall by which the Plataeans were blockaded,
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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