4.When the Thebans found that they had been deceived they closed their ranks and
resisted1 their assailants on every side.
Two or three. times they drove them back.But when at last the Plataeans charged them, and the women and slaves on the housetops
screamed and yelled and pelted them with stones and tiles, the confusion, which was
aggravated by the rain which had been falling heavily during the night, became too much
for them, and they turned and fled in terror through the city.Hardly any of them knew the way out, and the streets were dark as well as muddy, for
the affair happened at the end of the month when there was no moon; whereas their
pursuers knew well enough how to prevent their escape;
and thus many of them perished.The gates by which they entered were the only ones open, and these a Plataean fastened
with the spike of a javelin, which he thrust into the bar instead of the pin.
So this exit too was closed and they were chased up and down the city.Some of them mounted upon the wall and cast themselves down into the open.Most of these were killed.Others got out by a deserted gate, cutting through the bar unperceived with an axe
which a woman gave them; but only a few, for they were soon found out.
Others lost themselves in different parts of the city, and were put to death.But the greater number kept together and took refuge in a large building abutting upon
the wall, of which the doors on the near side chanced to be open, they thinking them to
be the gates of the city, and expecting to find a way through them into the country.
The Plataeans, seeing that they were in a trap, began to consider whether they should
not set the building on fire, and burn them where they were.
At last they and the2 other Thebans
who were still alive, and were wandering about the city, agreed to surrender themselves
and their arms unconditionally.
Thus fared the Thebans in Plataea.
The Thebans, after some resistance, turn and fly. Being, ignorant of the way,
many are slain in the streets; a few escape; the remainder surrender.
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