The government, aware of their inability to
prevent this, and of the danger they would be in, if left out of the
capitulation, publicly agreed with Paches and the army to surrender Mitylene
at discretion and to admit the troops into the town upon the understanding
that the Mitylenians should be allowed to send an embassy to Athens to plead
their cause, and that Paches should not imprison, make slaves of, or put to
death any of the citizens until its return.
Such were the terms of the capitulation; in spite of which the chief authors of the negotiation with Lacedaemon were
so completely overcome by terror when the army entered, that they went and
seated themselves by the altars, from which they were raised up by Paches
under promise that he would do them no wrong, and lodged by him in Tenedos,
until he should learn the pleasure of the Athenians concerning them .
Paches also sent some triremes and seized Antissa, and took such other
military measures as he thought advisable.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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