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[2] This was as follows. The enemy were digging a deep trench outside around the city, in order to shut its occupants up completely. Accordingly, when the trench had been carried almost around the city, and its ends were near one another, after waiting for evening to come and ordering the Greeks to arm themselves, Agesilaüs went to the Egyptian and said: ‘Now is the time, young man, for us to save ourselves, and I would not speak of it until it came, for fear of vitiating it. ’

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