70.In the same winter the Potidaeans, who were still blockaded, found themselves unable
to1 hold out; for the Peloponnesian invasions of Attica did not make the Athenians
withdraw; and they had no more food.When they had been reduced to such straits as actually in some cases to feed on human
flesh, they entered into communications with the Athenian generals, Xenophon the son of
Euripides, Hestiodorus the son of Aristocleides, and Phanomachus the son of Callimachus,
to whom the siege had been entrusted.
They, seeing that the army was suffering from the exposed situation, and considering
that the city had already spent two thousand talents2 on the siege, accepted the terms proposed.
The Potidaeans, with their wives and their children, and likewise the foreign
troops3, were to
come out of the city, the men with one garment, the women with two, and they were
allowed a certain fixed sum of money for their journey.
So they came out under a safe-conduct, and went into Chalcidicè, or wherever
they could find a home.But the Athenians blamed the generals for coming to terms without their authority,
thinking that they could have made the city surrender at discretion.Soon afterwards they sent thither colonists of their own.Such were the events of the winter.And so ended the second year in the Peloponnesian War of which Thucydides wrote the
The Potidaeans are compelled by hunger to surrender The Athenians blame their
generals for giving easy terms.
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