84.Meanwhile, let no one imagine that we are interesting ourselves in you
without your having anything to do with us, seeing that if you are preserved
and able to make head against the Syracusans, they will be less likely to
harm us by sending troops to the Peloponnesians.
In this way you have everything to do with us, and on this account it is
perfectly reasonable for us to restore the Leontines, and to make them, not
subjects like their kinsmen in Euboea, but as powerful as possible, to help
us by annoying the Syracusans from their frontier.
In Hellas we are alone a match for our enemies; and as for the assertion that it is out of all reason that we should free
the Sicilian, while we enslave the Chalcidian, the fact is that the latter
is useful to us by being without arms and contributing money only; while the former, the Leontines and our other friends, cannot be too
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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