2.Summer was now over.The winter ensuing saw all Hellas stirring under the impression of the
great Athenian disaster in Sicily.Neutrals now felt that even if uninvited they ought no longer to stand
aloof from the war, but should volunteer to march against the Athenians,
who, as they severally reflected, would probably have come against them if
the Sicilian campaign had succeeded.Besides, they considered that the war would now be short, and that it would
be creditable for them to take part in it.Meanwhile the allies of the Lacedaemonians felt all more anxious than ever
to see a speedy end to their heavy labours.
But above all, the subjects of the Athenians showed a readiness to revolt
even beyond their ability, judging the circumstances with passion, and
refusing even to hear of the Athenians being able to last out the coming
Beyond all this, Lacedaemon was encouraged by the near prospect of being
joined in great force in the spring by her allies in Sicily, lately forced
by events to acquire their navy.
With these reasons for confidence in every quarter, the Lacedaemonians now
resolved to throw themselves without reserve into the war considering that,
once it was happily terminated, they would be finally delivered from such
dangers as that which would have threatened them from Athens, if she had
become mistress of Sicily, and that the overthrow of the Athenians would
leave them in quiet enjoyment of the supremacy over all Hellas.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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