8.But these robberies were the exercise especially of the islanders, namely, the Carians and the Phoenicians.For by them were the greatest part of the islands inhabited, a testimony whereof is this.The Athenians when in this present war they hallowed the isle of Delos and had digged up the sepulchres of the dead found that more than half of them were Carians, known so to be both by the armour buried with them and also by their manner of burial at this day.
And when Minos his navy was once afloat, navigators had the sea more free.For he expelled the malefactors out of the islands and in the most of them planted colonies of his own.
By which means they who inhabited the sea-coasts, becoming more addicted to riches, grew more constant to their dwellings, of whom some, grown now rich, compassed their towns about with walls.For out of desire of gain, the meaner sort underwent servitude with the mighty;and the mighty with their wealth brought the lesser cities into subjection.
And so it came to pass that rising to power they proceeded afterward to the war against Troy.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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