After encouraging each other in these
resolutions, they now at once sent off half the envoys and Pisander to do
what was necessary at Athens （with instructions to establish
oligarchies on their way in all the subject cities which they might touch
at）, and despatched the other half in different directions to the
Diitrephes also, who was in the neighbourhood of Chios, and had been
elected to the command of the Thracian towns, was sent off to his
government, and arriving at Thasos abolished the democracy there.
Two months, however, had not elapsed after his departure before the
Thasians began to fortify their town, being already tired of an aristocracy
with Athens, and in daily expectation of freedom from Lacedaemon.
Indeed there was a party of them （whom the Athenians had
banished）, with the Peloponnesians, who with their friends in the
town were already making every exertion to bring a squadron, and to effect
the revolt of Thasos; and this party thus saw exactly what they most wanted done, that is to say,
the reformation of the government without risk, and the abolition of the
democracy which would have opposed them.
Things at Thasos thus turned out just the contrary to what the oligarchical
conspirators at Athens expected; and the same in my opinion was the case in many of the other dependencies; as the cities no sooner got a moderate government and liberty of action,
than they went on to absolute freedom without being at all seduced by the
show of reform offered by the Athenians.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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