66.The next day, the Argives and their confederates put themselves into such order as, if occasion served, they meant to fight in;and the Lacedaemonians returning from the water to the temple of Hercules, the same place where they had formerly encamped, perceived the enemies to be all of them in order of battle hard by them, come down already from the hill.
Certainly the Lacedaemonians were more affrighted at this time than ever they had been to their remembrance before.For the time they had to prepare themselves was exceedingly short;and such was their diligence that every man fell immediately into his own rank, Agis, the king, commanding all according to the law.
For whilst the king hath the army in the field, all things are commanded by him;and he signifieth what is to be done to the polemarchi, they to the lochagi, these to the pentecontateres, and these again to the enomotarchi, who lastly make it known, every one to his own enomotia.
In this manner, when they would have anything to be done, their commands pass through the army and are quickly executed.For almost all the Lacedaemonian army, save a very few, are captains of captains;and the care of what is to be put in execution lieth upon many.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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