Upon receiving this message and discovering
that the Athenians, far from being privy to the Boeotian alliance, were
involved in a serious quarrel with the Lacedaemonians, the Argives paid no
further attention to the embassy which they had just sent to Lacedaemon on
the subject of the treaty, and began to incline rather towards the
Athenians, reflecting that, in the event of war, they would thus have on
their side a city that was not only an ancient ally of Argos, but a sister
democracy and very powerful at sea.
They accordingly at once sent ambassadors to Athens to treat for an
alliance, accompanied by others from Elis and Mantinea.
At the same time arrived in haste from
Lacedaemon an embassy consisting of persons reputed well disposed towards
the Athenians—Philocharidas, Leon, and Endius, for fear that the
Athenians in their irritation might conclude alliance with the Argives, and
also to ask back Pylos in exchange for Panactum, and in defence of the
alliance with the Boeotians to plead that it had not been made to hurt the
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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