Immediately afterwards an Elean embassy
arrived, and first making an alliance with Corinth went on from thence to
Argos, according to their instructions, and became allies of the Argives,
their country being just then at enmity with Lacedaemon and Lepreum.
Some time back there had been a war between the Lepreans and some of the
Arcadians; and the Eleans being called in by the former with the offer of half their
lands, had put an end to the war, and leaving the land in the hands of its
Leprean occupiers had imposed upon them the tribute of a talent to the
Till the Attic war this tribute was paid by the Lepreans, who then took the
war as an excuse for no longer doing so, and upon the Eleans using force
appealed to Lacedaemon.The case was thus submitted to her arbitrament; but the Eleans, suspecting the fairness of the tribunal, renounced the
reference and laid waste the Leprean territory.
The Lacedaemonians nevertheless decided that the Lepreans were independent
and the Eleans aggressors, and as the latter did not abide by the
arbitration, sent a garrison of heavy infantry into Lepreum.
Upon this the Eleans, holding that Lacedaemon had received one of their
rebel subjects, put forward the convention providing that each confederate
should come out of the Attic war in possession of what he had when he went
into it, and considering that justice had not been done them went over to
the Argives, and now made the alliance through their ambassadors, who had
been instructed for that purpose.
Immediately after them the Corinthians and the Thracian Chalcidians became
allies of Argos.Meanwhile the Boeotians and Megarians, who acted together, remained quiet,
being left to do as they pleased by Lacedaemon, and thinking that the Argive
democracy would not suit so well with their aristocratic government as the
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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