The ship Paralus, with Chaereas, son of
Archestratus, on board, an Athenian who had taken an active part in the
revolution, was now without loss of time sent off by the Samians and the
army to Athens to report what had occurred; the fact that the Four Hundred were in power not being yet known.
When they sailed into harbour the Four Hundred immediately arrested two or
three of the Parali, and taking the vessel from the rest, shifted them into
a troopship and set them to keep guard round Euboea.
Chaereas, however, managed to secrete himself as soon as he saw how things
stood, and returning to Samos, drew a picture to the soldiers of the horrors
enacting at Athens, in which everything was exaggerated; saying that all were punished with stripes, that no one could say a word
against the holders of power, that the soldiers' wives and children were
outraged, and that it was intended to seize and shut up the relatives of all
in the army at Samos who were not of the government's way of thinking, to be
put to death in case of their disobedience; besides a host of other injurious inventions.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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