116.The next winter the Lacedaemonians intended to invade the Argive
territory, but arriving at the frontier found the sacrifices for
crossing unfavorable, and went back again.This intention of theirs gave the Argives suspicions of certain of
their fellow-citizens, some of whom they arrested; others, however, escaped them.
About the same time the Melians again took another part of the Athenian
lines which were but feebly garrisoned.
Reinforcements afterwards arriving from Athens in consequence, under
the command of Philocrates, son of Demeas, the siege was now pressed
vigorously; and some treachery taking place inside, the Melians surrendered at
discretion to the Athenians,
who put to death all the grown men whom they took, and sold the women
and children for slaves, and subsequently sent out five hundred
colonists and inhabited the place themselves.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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