The next day the Four Hundred, although
alarmed, nevertheless assembled in the council chamber, while the heavy
infantry in Piraeus, after having released their prisoner Alexicles and
pulled down the fortification, went with their arms to the theatre of
Dionysus, close to Munychia, and there held an assembly in which they
decided to march into the city, and setting forth accordingly halted in the
Here they were joined by some delegates from the Four Hundred, who reasoned
with them one by one, and persuaded those whom they saw to be the most
moderate to remain quiet themselves, and to keep in the rest; saying that they would make known the Five Thousand, and have the Four
Hundred chosen from them in rotation, as should be decided by the Five
Thousand, and meanwhile entreated them not to ruin the state or drive it
into the arms of the enemy.
After a great many had spoken and had been spoken to, the whole body of
heavy infantry became calmer than before, absorbed by their fears for the
country at large, and now agreed to hold upon an appointed day an assembly
in the theatre of Dionysus for the restoration of concord.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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