58.Meanwhile the Potidaeans sent envoys to the Athenians in the hope of persuading them to
take1 no strong measures; but at the same time other envoys of theirs accompanied a
Corinthian embassy to Lacedaemon and exerted themselves to procure assistance in case of
need.A long negotiation was carried on at Athens which came to no satisfactory result; the
ships destined for Macedonia were also sent against Potidaea. But at Lacedaemon they were promised by the magistrates that if2 the Athenians attacked Potidaea they would invade Attica. So they seized the opportunity and revolted: the Chalcidians and Bottiaeans3 swore
alliance with them and joined in the revolt.
Perdiccas persuaded the Chalcidians to abandon and pull down their towns on the
sea-coast, and settling at Olynthus inland, there to form one strong city.On their removal he gave them part of his own territory of Mygdonia about the lake
Bolbè to cultivate while the contest lasted.So, dismantling their cities, they settled up the country and made preparation for war.
The Potidaeans send envoys to Athens and Sparta.
They receive promises of assistance from Spara, and revolt.
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