The assembly ratified the proposed
constitution, without a single opposing voice, and was then dissolved; after which the Four Hundred were brought into the council chamber in the
following way.On account of the enemy at Decelea, all the Athenians were constantly on
the wall or in the ranks at the various military posts.
On that day the persons not in the secret were allowed to go home as usual,
while orders were given to the accomplices of the conspirators to hang
about, without making any demonstration, at some little distance from the
posts, and in case of any opposition to what was being done, to seize the
arms and put it down.
There were also some Andrians and Tenians, three hundred Carystians, and
some of the settlers in Aegina come with their own arms for this very
purpose, who had received similar instructions.
These dispositions completed, the Four Hundred went, each with a dagger
concealed about his person, accompanied by one hundred and twenty Hellenic
youths, whom they employed wherever violence was needed, and appeared before
the Councillors of the Bean in the council chamber, and told them to take
their pay and be gone; themselves bringing it for the whole of the residue of their term of
office, and giving it to them as they went out.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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