The Peloponnesians accordingly at once set
off in haste by night for home, coasting along shore; and hauling their ships across the Isthmus of Leucas, in order not to be
seen doubling it, so departed.
The Corcyraeans, made aware of the approach of the Athenian fleet and of
the departure of the enemy, brought the Messenians from outside the walls
into the town, and ordered the fleet which they had manned to sail round
into the Hyllaic harbor; and while it was so doing, slew such of their enemies as they laid hands
on, dispatching afterwards as they landed them, those whom they had
persuaded to go on board the ships.Next they went to the sanctuary of Hera and persuaded about fifty men to
take their trial, and condemned them all to death.
The mass of the suppliants who had refused to do so, on seeing what was
taking place, slew each other there in the consecrated ground; while some hanged themselves upon the trees, and others destroyed
themselves as they were severally able.
During seven days that Eurymedon stayed with his sixty ships, the
Corcyraeans were engaged in butchering those of their fellow-citizens whom
they regarded as their enemies: and although the crime imputed was that of
attempting to put down the democracy, some were slain also for private
hatred, others by their debtors because of the monies owed to them.
Death thus raged in every shape; and, as usually happens at such times, there was no length to which
violence did not go; sons were killed by their fathers, and suppliants dragged from the altar or
slain upon it; while some were even walled up in the temple of Dionysus and died there.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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