Such were the words of Hermocrates.The Sicilians took his advice, and came to an understanding among
themselves to end the war, each keeping what they had—the
Camarinaeans taking Morgantina at a price fixed to be paid to the
and the allies of the Athenians called the officers in command, and told
them that they were going to make peace and that they would be included in
the treaty.The generals assenting, the peace was concluded, and the Athenian fleet
afterwards sailed away from Sicily.
Upon their arrival at Athens, the Athenians banished Pythodorus and
Sophocles, and fined Eurymedon for having taken bribes to depart when they
might have subdued Sicily.
So thoroughly had the present prosperity persuaded the citizens that
nothing could withstand them, and that they could achieve what was possible
and impracticable alike, with means ample or inadequate it mattered not.The secret of this was their general extraordinary success, which made them
confuse their strength with their hopes.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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