104.Having thus suddenly passed the bridge, and many of those without being slain, and some fled into the city, the Amphipolitans were in very great confusion at it;and the rather because they were jealous one of another.
And it is said that if Brasidas had not sent out his army to take booty, but had marched presently to the city, he had in all likelihood taken it then.But so it was that he pitched there and fell upon those without;
and seeing nothing succeeded by those within, lay still upon the place.
But the contrary faction to the traitors being superior in number, whereby the gates were not opened presently, both they and Eucles the general, who was then there for the Athenians to keep the town, sent unto the other general, Thucydides, the son of Olorus, the writer of this history, who had charge in Thrace, and was now about Thasos (which is an island and a colony of the Parians, distant from Amphipolis about half a day's sail), requiring him to come and relieve them.
When he heard the news, he went thitherwards in all haste with seven galleys, which chanced to be with him at that time.His purpose principally was to prevent the yielding up of Amphipolis;but if he should fail of that, then to possess himself of Eion [before Brasidas' coming].
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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