31.For the whole year after the battle and for a year after that, the Corinthians,
exasperated by the war with Corcyra,1 were busy in building ships.They took the utmost pains to create a great navy: rowers were collected
from the Peloponnesus and from the rest of2 Hellas by the attraction of pay.
The Corcyraeans were alarmed at the report of their preparations.They reflected that they had not enrolled themselves in the league either of the
Athenians or of the Lacedaemonians, and that allies in Hellas they had none.They determined to go to Athens, join the Athenian alliance, and get what help they
could from them.
The Corinthians, hearing of their intentions, also sent ambassadors to Athens, fearing,
lest the combination of the Athenian and Corcyraean navies might prevent them from
bringing the war to a satisfactory termination.
Accordingly an assembly was held at which both parties3 came forward to plead their respective causes; and
first the Corcyraeans spoke as follows:—
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