'Such is the truth about the calumnies under which I labour. And now I will speak to1
you of the matter which you have in hand, and about which I, in so far as I have better information, am bound to instruct you.
We sailed to Sicily hoping in the first place to conquer the Sicilian cities; then to proceed against the Hellenes of Italy;
and lastly, to make an attempt on the Carthaginian dominions, and on Carthage itself. If all or most of these enterprises succeeded, we meant finally to attack Peloponnesus, bringing with us the whole Hellenic power which we had gained abroad, besides many barbarians whom we intended to hire—Iberians and the neighboring tribes, esteemed to be the most warlike barbarians that now are2
. Of the timber which Italy supplies in such abundance we meant to build numerous additional triremes, and with them to blockade Peloponnesus. At the same time making inroads by land with our infantry, we should have stormed some of your cities and invested others. Thus we hoped to crush you easily, and to rule over the Hellenic world.
For the better accomplishment of our various aims our newlyacquired territory would supply money and provisions enough, apart from the revenue which we receive in Hellas.