Alcibiades repelled on the spot the charges
in question, and also before going on the expedition, the preparations for
which were now complete, offered to stand his trial, that it might be seen
whether he was guilty of the acts imputed to him; desiring to be punished if found guilty, but, if acquitted, to take the
Meanwhile he protested against their receiving slanders against him in his
absence, and begged them rather to put him to death at once if he were
guilty, and pointed out the imprudence of sending him out at the head of so
large an army, with so serious a charge still undecided.
But his enemies feared that he would have the army for him if he were tried
immediately, and that the people might relent in favour of the man whom they
already caressed as the cause of the Argives and some of the Mantineans
joining in the expedition, and did their utmost to get this proposition
rejected, putting forward other orators who said that he ought at present to
sail and not delay the departure of the army, and be tried on his return
within a fixed number of days; their plan being to have him sent for and brought home for trial upon some
graver charge, which they would the more easily get up in his absence.Accordingly it was decreed that he should sail.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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