Such were the words of Alcibiades.The Lacedaemonians, who had themselves before intended to march against
Athens, but were still waiting and looking about them, at once became much
more in earnest when they received this particular information from
Alcibiades, and considered that they had heard it from the man who best knew
the truth of the matter.
Accordingly they now turned their attention to the fortifying of Decelea
and sending immediate aid to the Sicilians; and naming Gylippus, son of Cleandridas, to the command of the Syracusans,
bade him consult with that people and with the Corinthians and arrange for
succors reaching the island, in the best and speediest way possible under
Gylippus desired the Corinthians to send him at once two ships to Asine,
and to prepare the rest that they intended to send, and to have them ready
to sail at the proper time.Having settled this, the envoys departed from Lacedaemon.
In the meantime arrived the Athenian galley
from Sicily sent by the generals for money and cavalry; and the Athenians, after hearing what they wanted, voted to send the
supplies for the armament and the cavalry.And the winter ended, and with it ended the seventeenth year of the present
war of which Thucydides is the historian.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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