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27. Meanwhile the Mytilenaeans, finding as time went on that the ships from Peloponnesus never1 came, and that their provisions had run short, were obliged to make terms with the Athenians. [2] The immediate cause was as follows:—Salaethus himself began to despair of the arrival of the ships, and therefore he put into the hands of the common people (who had hitherto been light-armed) shields and spears, intending to lead them out against the Athenians. [3] But, having once received arms, they would no longer obey their leaders; they gathered into knots and insisted that the nobles should bring out the corn and let all share alike; if not, they would themselves negotiate with the Athenians and surrender the city.

1 Salaethus, despairing of help, arms the people, who turn upon the nobles.

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