3.The Plataeans, when they found that the city had been surprised and taken and that
the1 Thebans were within their walls, were panic-stricken.In the darkness they were unable to see them and greatly over-estimated their numbers.So they came to terms, and accepting the proposals which were made to them, remained
quiet, the more readily since the Thebans offered violence to no one.
But in the course of the negotiations they somehow discovered that their enemies were
not so numerous as they had supposed, and concluded that they could easily attack and
They determined to make the attempt, for the commons at Plataea were strongly attached
to the Athenian alliance.They began to collect inside the houses, breaking through the party-walls that they
might not be seen going along the streets; they likewise raised barricades of waggons
(without the beasts which drew them), and took other measures suitable to the emergency.
When they had done all which could be done under the circumstances, they sallied forth
from their houses, choosing the time of night just before daybreak, lest,
if they put off the attack until dawn, the enemy might2 be more confident and more a match for them.While darkness lasted they would be timid, and at a disadvantage, not knowing the
streets so well as themselves.So they fell upon them at once hand to hand.
The Plaiaeans, terrified by the sudden attack, come to terms. But afterwards
discovering the weakness of the enemy, they gather and fall upon the
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