Alcibiades said that a great expedition like
the present must not disgrace itself by going away without having done
anything; heralds must be sent to all the cities except Selinus and Syracuse, and
efforts be made to make some of the Sicels revolt from the Syracusans, and
to obtain the friendship of others, in order to have corn and troops; and first of all to gain the Messinese, who lay right in the passage and
entrance to Sicily, and would afford an excellent harbour and base for the
army.Thus, after bringing over the towns and knowing who would be their allies
in the war, they might at length attack Syracuse and Selinus; unless the latter came to terms with Egesta and the former ceased to oppose
the restoration of Leontini.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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