Meanwhile Phrynichus having had timely notice
that he was playing him false, and that a letter on the subject was on the
point of arriving from Alcibiades, himself anticipated the news, and told
the army that the enemy, seeing that Samos was unfortified and the fleet not
all stationed within the harbour, meant to attack the camp; that he could be certain of this intelligence, and that they must fortify
Samos as quickly as possible, and generally look to their defences.It will be remembered that he was general, and had himself authority to
carry out these measures.
Accordingly they addressed themselves to the work of fortification, and
Samos was thus fortified sooner than it would otherwise have been.Not long afterwards came the letter from Alcibiades, saying that the army
was betrayed by Phrynichus, and the enemy about to attack it.
Alcibiades, however, gained no credit, it being thought that he was in the
secret of the enemy's designs, and had tried to fasten them upon Phrynichus,
and to make out that he was their accomplice, out of hatred; and consequently far from hurting him he rather bore witness to what he had
said by this intelligence.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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