In the following winter the Lacedaemonians had intended to make an expedition into the Argive1
territory, but finding that the sacrifices which they offered at the frontier were unfavourable2
they returned home. The Argives, suspecting that the threatened invasion was instigated by citizens of their own, apprehended some of them; others however escaped.
About the same time the Melians took another part of the Athenian wall; for the fortifications3
were insufficiently guarded.
Whereupon the Athenians sent fresh troops, under the command of Philocrates the son of Demeas. The place was now closely invested, and there was treachery among the citizens themselves. So the Melians were induced to surrender at discretion.
The Athenians thereupon put to death all who were of military age, and made slaves of the women and children. They then colonised the island, sending thither five hundred settlers of their own.