When the news of what had happened at Pylos
reached Sparta, the disaster was thought so serious that the Lacedaemonians
resolved that the authorities should go down to the camp, and decide on the
spot what was best to be done.
There seeing that it was impossible to help their men, and not wishing to
risk their being reduced by hunger or overpowered by numbers, they
determined, with the consent of the Athenian generals, to conclude an
armistice at Pylos and send envoys to Athens to obtain a convention, and to
endeavor to get back their men as quickly as possible.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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