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104. The passage of the river was a complete surprise to the citizens within the walls. Many who1 happened to be outside were taken. Others fled into the town. The Amphipolitans were in great consternation, for they suspected one another.2 [2] It is even said that Brasidas, if, instead of allowing his army to plunder, he had marched direct to the place, would probably3 have captured it. [3] But he merely occupied a position, and overran the country outside the walls; and then, finding that his confederates within failed in accomplishing their part, he took no further step. [4] Meanwhile the opponents of the conspirators, being superior in number, prevented the immediate opening of the gates, and acting with Eucles, the general to whose care the place had been committed by the Athenians, sent for help to the other general in Chalcidicè, Thucydides the son of Olorus, who wrote this history; he was then at Thasos, an island colonised from Paros, and distant from Amphipolis about half a day's sail. [5] As soon as he heard the tidings he sailed quickly to Amphipolis with seven ships which happened to be on the spot; he wanted to get into Amphipolis if possible before it could capitulate, or at any rate to occupy Eion.

1 The country outside the walls is now this mercy. He is anxious to take the place before Thucydides arrives,

2 Or, 'It is said to have been the impression that Brasidas' &c, omitting 'probably.'

3 Or, 'It is said to have been the impression that Brasidas' &c, omitting 'probably.'

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