Upon hearing this and much more besides, the
Athenians at once elected him general together with the former ones, and put
all their affairs into his hands.There was now not a man in the army who would have exchanged his present
hopes of safety and vengeance upon the Four Hundred for any consideration
whatever; and after what they had been told they were now inclined to disdain the
enemy before them, and to sail at once for Piraeus.
To the plan of sailing for Piraeus, leaving their more immediate enemies
behind them, Alcibiades opposed the most positive refusal, in spite of the
numbers that insisted upon it, saying that now that he had been elected
general he would first sail to Tissaphernes and concert with him measures
for carrying on the war.
Accordingly, upon leaving this assembly, he immediately took his departure
in order to have it thought that there was an entire confidence between
them, and also wishing to increase his consideration with Tissaphernes, and
to show that he had now been elected general and was in a position to do him
good or evil as he chose; thus managing to frighten the Athenians with Tissaphernes and Tissaphernes
with the Athenians.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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