At last one of the Athenians came forward and
called upon Nicias and told him that he ought not to make excuses or put
them off, but say at once before them all what forces the Athenians should
Upon this he said, not without reluctance, that he would advise upon that
matter more at leisure with his colleagues; as far however as he could see at present, they must sail with at least one
hundred galleys—the Athenians providing as many transports as they
might determine, and sending for others from the allies—not less
than five thousand heavy infantry in all, Athenian and allied, and if
possible more; and the rest of the armament in proportion; archers from home and from Crete, and slingers, and whatever else might
seem desirable, being got ready by the generals and taken with them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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