When the day came for the assembly in the
theatre, and they were upon the point of assembling, news arrived that the
forty-two ships under Agesandridas were sailing from Megara along the coast
of Salamis.The people to a man now thought that it was just what Theramenes and his
party had so often said, that the ships were sailing to the fortification,
and concluded that they had done well to demolish it.
But though it may possibly have been by appointment that Agesandridas
hovered about Epidaurus and the neighbourhood, he would also naturally be
kept there by the hope of an opportunity arising out of the troubles in the
In any case the Athenians, on receipt of the news, immediately ran down in
mass to Piraeus, seeing themselves threatened by the enemy with a worse war
than their war among themselves, not at a distance, but close to the harbour
of Athens.Some went on board the ships already afloat, while others launched fresh
vessels, or ran to defend the walls and the mouth of the harbour.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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