Brasidas himself was sent out by the
Lacedaemonians mainly at his own desire, although the Chalcidians also were
eager to have a man so thorough as he had shown himself whenever there was
anything to be done at Sparta, and whose after service abroad proved of the
utmost use to his country.
At the present moment his just and moderate conduct towards the towns
generally succeeded in procuring their revolt, besides the places which he
managed to take by treachery; and thus when the Lacedaemonians desired to treat, as they ultimately did,
they had places to offer in exchange, and the burden of war meanwhile
shifted from Peloponnese.Later on in the war, after the events in Sicily, the present valour and
conduct of Brasidas, known by experience to some, by hearsay to others, was
what mainly created in the allies of Athens a feeling for the
He was the first who went out and showed himself so good a man at all
points as to leave behind him the conviction that the rest were like him.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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