4.About the same time Phaeax the son of Erasistratus, who with two others was sent ambassador into Italy and Sicily, departed from Athens with two galleys.
For the Leontines, after the Athenians upon the making of the peace were gone out of Sicily, received many strangers into the freedom of their city;
and the commons had a purpose also to have made division of the land.But the great men, perceiving it, called in the Syracusians and drave the commons out;and they wandered up and down, every one as he chanced;
and the great men, upon conditions agreed on with the Syracusians, abandoning and deserting that city, went to dwell with the privilege of free citizens in Syracuse.After this again, some of them upon dislike relinquished Syracuse and seized on Phoceae, a certain part of the city of the Leontines, and upon Bricinniae, a castle in the Leontine territory.Thither also came unto them most of the commons that had before been driven out, and settling themselves, made war from those places of strength.
Upon intelligence hereof the Athenians sent Phaeax thither to persuade their confederates there and, if they could, all the Sicilians jointly to make war upon the Syracusians, that were now beginning to grow great, to try if they might thereby preserve the common people of the Leontines.
Phaeax arriving prevailed with the Camarinaeans and Agrigentines;but the business finding a stop at Gela, he went unto no more, as conceiving he should not be able to persuade them.So he returned through the cities of the Siculi unto Catana, having been at Bricinniae by the way and there encouraged them to hold out;and from Catana he set sail and departed.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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