In the days in which they were going
backwards and forwards to these conferences, Scione, a town in Pallene,
revolted from Athens, and went over to Brasidas.The Scionaeans say that they are Pallenians from Peloponnese, and that
their first founders on their voyage from Troy were carried in to this spot
by the storm which the Achaeans were caught in and there settled.
The Scionaeans had no sooner revolted than Brasidas crossed over by night
to Scione, with a friendly galley ahead and himself in a small boat some way
behind; his idea being that if he fell in with a vessel larger than the boat he
would have the galley to defend him, while a ship that was a match for the
galley, would probably neglect the small vessel to attack the large one, and
thus leave him time to escape.
His passage effected, he called a meeting of the Scionaeans and spoke to
the same effect as at Acanthus and Torone, adding that they merited the
utmost commendation in that, in spite of Pallene within the isthmus being
cut off by the Athenian occupation of Potidaea and of their own practically
insular position, they had of their own free will gone forward to meet their
liberty instead of timorously waiting until they had been by force compelled
to their own manifest good.This was a sign that they would valiantly undergo any trial, however great; and if he should order affairs as he intended, he should count them among
the truest and sincerest friends of the Lacedaemonians, and would in every
other way honour them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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