The Athenian envoys now returned to the
army; and the Melians showing no signs of yielding, the generals at once
betook themselves to hostilities, and drew a line of circumvallation
round the Melians, dividing the work among the different states.
Subsequently the Athenians returned with most of their army, leaving
behind them a certain number of their own citizens and of the allies to
keep guard by land and sea.The force thus left stayed on and besieged the place.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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