so that the people of Athens, instigated by their orators, were incensed at him, and repented of having sent aid to the Byzantians. Then Phocion rose in the assembly and declared that they must not be angry at their allies who showed distrust, but at their generals who were distrusted;
‘For these,’ said he,
‘make you to be feared even by those who can be saved only by your help.’
Accordingly, moved by his words, the people changed their minds again and ordered him to take another force and go himself to the help of their allies on the Hellespont;1
a commission which contributed more than anything else to the salvation of Byzantium.