Having reached Lacedaemon, their ambassadors
proceeded to negotiate the terms of the proposed treaty.
What the Argives first demanded was that they might be allowed to refer to
the arbitration of some state or private person the question of the Cynurian
land, a piece of frontier-territory about which they have always been
disputing, and which contains the towns of Thyrea and Anthene, and is
occupied by the Lacedaemonians.The Lacedaemonians at first said that they could not allow this point to be
discussed, but were ready to conclude upon the old terms.Eventually, however, the Argive ambassadors succeeded in obtaining from
them this concession:—For the present there was to be a truce for
fifty years, but it should be competent for either party, there being
neither plague nor war in Lacedaemon or Argos, to give a formal challenge
and decide the question of this territory by battle, as on a former
occasion, when both sides claimed the victory; pursuit not being allowed beyond the frontier of Argos or Lacedaemon.
The Lacedaemonians at first thought this mere folly; but at last, anxious at any cost to have the friendship of Argos, they
agreed to the terms demanded, and reduced them to writing.However, before any of this should become binding, the ambassadors were to
return to Argos and communicate with their people, and in the event of their
approval, to come at the Feast of the Hyacinthia and take the
oaths.The envoys returned accordingly.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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