73.Hereupon the ambassadors went again into the city and, having consulted with the people, made answer ‘that they would first acquaint the Athenians with it, and if they would consent, they would then accept the conditions;till then, they desired a suspension of arms and not to have their territory wasted.’ Upon this he granted them so many days truce, as was requisite for their return, and for so long forebore to waste their territory.
When the Plataean ambassadors were arrived at Athens and had advised on the matter with the Athenians, they returned to the city with this answer:
‘The Athenians say thus: that neither in former times, since we were their confederates, did they ever abandon us to the injuries of any, nor will they now neglect us but give us their utmost assistance.And they conjure us by the oath of our fathers not to make any alienation touching the league.’
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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