When the news was brought to Hippias in the
Ceramicus, he at once proceeded not to the scene of action, but to the armed
men in the procession, before they, being some distance away, knew anything
of the matter, and composing his features for the occasion, so as not to
betray himself, pointed to a certain spot, and bade them repair thither
without their arms.
They withdrew accordingly, fancying he had something to say; upon which he told the mercenaries to remove the arms, and there and then
picked out the men he thought guilty and all found with daggers, the shield
and spear being the usual weapons for a procession.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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