41.After the arrival of the men, the Athenians ordered that they should be kept in bonds till there should be made some agreement;and if before that the Peloponnesians should invade their territory, then to bring them forth and kill them.
They took order also [in the same assembly] for the settling of the garrison at Pylus.And the Messenians of Naupactus, having sent thither such men of their own as were fittest for the purpose, as to their native country (for Pylus is in that country which belonged once to the Messenians), infested Laconia with robberies and did them much other mischief, as being of the same language.
The Lacedaemonians, not having in times past been acquainted with robberies and such war as that, and because their Helotes ran over to the enemy, fearing also some greater innovation in the country, took the matter much to heart;and though they would not be known of it to the Athenians, yet they sent ambassadors and endeavoured to get the restitution both of the fort of Pylus and of their men.
But the Athenians aspired to greater matters;and the ambassadors, though they came often about it, yet were always sent away without effect.These were the proceedings at Pylus.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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