The people were at first highly irritated at
the mention of an oligarchy, but upon understanding clearly from Pisander
that this was the only resource left, they took counsel of their fears, and
promised themselves some day to change the government again, and gave way.
They accordingly voted that Pisander should sail with ten others and make
the best arrangement that they could with Tissaphernes and Alcibiades.
At the same time the people, upon a false accusation of Pisander, dismissed
Phrynichus from his post together with his colleague Scironides, sending
Diomedon and Leon to replace them in the command of the fleet.The accusation was that Phrynichus had betrayed Iasus and Amorges; and Pisander brought it because he thought him a man unfit for the business
now in hand with Alcibiades.
Pisander also went the round of all the clubs already existing in the city
for help in lawsuits and elections, and urged them to draw together and to
unite their efforts for the overthrow of the democracy; and after taking all other measures required by the circumstances, so that
no time might be lost, set off with his ten companions on his voyage to
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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