74.who put off going for that night on the strength of this message, not
doubting its sincerity.Since after all they
had not set out at once, they now determined to stay also the following day
to give time to the soldiers to pack up as well as they could the most
useful articles, and, leaving everything else behind, to start only with
what was strictly necessary for their personal subsistence.
Meanwhile the Syracusans and Gylippus marched out and blocked up the roads
through the country by which the Athenians were likely to pass, and kept
guard at the fords of the stream and rivers, posting themselves so as to
receive them and stop the army where they thought best; while their fleet sailed up to the beach and towed off the ships of the
Athenians.Some few were burned by the Athenians themselves as they had intended; the rest the Syracusans lashed on to their own at their leisure as they had
been thrown up on shore, without any one trying to stop them, and conveyed
to the town.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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