17.After they came into Athens, there was habitation for a few and place of retire with some friends or kindred.But the greatest part seated themselves in the empty places of the city and in temples and in all the chapels of the heroes, saving in such as were in the citadel and the Eleusinium and other places strongly shut up.The Pelasgicum also under the citadel, though it were a thing accursed to dwell in it and forbidden by the end of a verse in a Pythian oracle in these words, ‘Best is the Pelasgicum empty,’ was nevertheless for the present necessity inhabited.
And in my opinion, this prophecy now fell out contrary to what was looked for.For the unlawful dwelling there caused not the calamities that befell the city, but the war caused the necessity of dwelling there, which war the oracle, not naming, foretold only that it should one day be inhabited unfortunately.
Many also furnished the turrets of the walls and whatsoever other place they could any of them get.For when they were come in, the city had not place for them all;but afterwards they had the long walls divided amongst them and inhabited there and in most parts of Piraeus.
Withal they applied themselves to the business of the war, levying their confederates and making ready a hundred galleys to send about Peloponnesus.
Thus were the Athenians preparing.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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