These representations succeeding, it was so
arranged that the men were caught sailing out in the boat that was provided,
and the treaty became void accordingly, and the whole were given up to the
For this result the Athenian generals were in a great measure responsible; their evident disinclination to sail for Sicily, and thus to leave to
others the honour of conducting the men to Athens, encouraged the intriguers
in their design and seemed to affirm the truth of their representations.
The prisoners thus handed over were shut up by the Corcyraeans in a large
building, and afterwards taken out by twenties and led past two lines of
heavy infantry, one on each side, being bound together, and beaten and
stabbed by the men in the lines whenever any saw pass a personal enemy; while men carrying whips went by their side and hastened on the road those
that walked too slowly.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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