50.During the winter ensuing Aristides, son of Archippus, one of the
commanders of the Athenian ships sent to collect money from the allies,
arrested at Eion on the Strymon Artaphernes, a Persian, on his way from the
king to Lacedaemon.
He was conducted to Athens, where the Athenians got his dispatches
translated from the Assyrian character and read them.With numerous references to other subjects, they in substance told the
Lacedaemonians that the king did not know what they wanted, as of the many
ambassadors they had sent him no two ever told the same story; however they were prepared to speak plainly they might send him some envoys
with this Persian.
The Athenians after wards sent back Artaphernes in a galley to Ephesus, and
ambassadors with him, who heard there of the death of King Artaxerxes, son
of Xerxes, which took place about that time, and so returned home.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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