101.The Thasians, now blockaded after several defeats, had recourse to the Lacedaemonians
and entreated them to invade Attica.
Unknown to the Athenians they agreed,1 and were on the point of setting outwhen the great earthquake occurred2 and was immediately followed by the revolt of the Helots and with them the
Perioeci of Thuria and Aethaea, who seized Ithomè.These Helots were mostly the descendants of the Messenians who had been enslaved in
ancient times,and hence all the insurgents were called Messenians.
While the Lacedaemonians were thus engaged, the3Thasians, who had now been blockaded for more than two years, came
to4 terms with the Athenians; they pulled down their walls and surrendered their
ships; they also agreed to pay what was required of them whether in the shape of
immediate indemnity or of tribute for the future; and they gave up their claim to the
mainland and to the mine.
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