At the Olympic games which were held this
summer, and in which the Arcadian Androsthenes was victor the first time in
the wrestling and boxing, the Lacedaemonians were excluded from the temple
by the Eleans, and thus prevented from sacrificing or contending, for having
refused to pay the fine specified in the Olympic law imposed upon them by
the Eleans, who alleged that they had attacked Fort Phyrcus, and sent heavy
infantry of theirs into Lepreum during the Olympic truce.The amount of the fine was two thousand minae, two for each heavy-armed
soldier, as the law prescribes.
The Lacedaemonians sent envoys, and pleaded that the imposition was unjust; saying that the truce had not yet been proclaimed at Lacedaemon when the
heavy infantry were sent off.
But the Eleans affirmed that the armistice with them had already begun
（they proclaim it first among themselves）, and that the
aggression of the Lacedaemonians had taken them by surprise while they were
living quietly as in time of peace, and not expecting anything.
Upon this the Lacedaemonians submitted, that if the Eleans really believed
that they had committed an aggression, it was useless after that to proclaim
the truce at Lacedaemon; but they had proclaimed it notwithstanding, as believing nothing of the
kind, and from that moment the Lacedaemonians had made no attack upon their
Nevertheless the Eleans adhered to what they had said, that nothing would
persuade them that an aggression had not been committed; if, however, the Lacedaemonians would restore Lepreum, they would give up
their own share of the money and pay that of the god for them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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