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117. Early in the following spring the Lacedaemonians and Athenians made a truce for a year.1 The Athenians hoped to prevent Brasidas from gaining over any more of their allies for the present; the interval would give them leisure for preparation; and hereafter, if it was for their interest, they might come to a general understanding. The Lacedaemonians had truly divined the fears of the Athenians, and thought that, having enjoyed an intermission of trouble and hardship, they would be more anxious to make terms, restore the captives taken in the island, and conclude a durable peace. Their main object was to recover their men while the good fortune of Brasidas lasted; [2] when, owing to his successful career and the balance which he had established between the contending powers, they did not feel the loss of them, and yet by retaliating on equal terms with the remainder of their forces might have a fair prospect of victory2. [3] So they made a truce for themselves and their allies in the following terms:—

1 The Athenians because they are apprehensive of the growing success of Brasidas, the Lacedaemonians because they want to recover the captives, make peace for a year.

2 See the note on this passage in Barton and Chavasse's edition of Thucydides, Book IV.

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