59.Which when the Argives understood, they came out of the forest somewhat after break of day to oppose them, and lighting among the Phliasians and Corinthians, slew some few of the Phliasians, but had more slain of their own by the Corinthians, though not many.
The Boeotians, Megareans, and Sicyonians marched forward towards Nemea and found that the Argives were departed;for when they came down and saw their country wasted, they put themselves into order of battle.And the Lacedaemonians on the other side did the same;
and the Argives stood intercepted in the midst of their enemies.For in the plain between them and the city stood the Lacedaemonians and those with them;above them were the Corinthians, Phliasians, and Pellenians;and towards Nemea were the Boeotians, Sicyonians, and Megareans.And horsemen they had none;for the Athenians alone of all their confederates were not yet come.
Now the generality of the army of the Argives and their confederates did not think the danger present so great as indeed it was, but rather that the advantage in the battle would be their own;and that the Lacedaemonians were intercepted, not only in the Argives territory, but also hard by the city.
But two men of Argos, Thrasyllus, one of the five commanders of the army, and Alciphron, entertainer of the Lacedaemonians, when the armies were even ready to join, went unto Agis and dealt with him to have the battle put off, forasmuch as the Argives were content and ready both to propound and accept of equal arbitrators in whatsoever the Lacedaemonians should charge them withal, and in the meantime to have peace with them solemnly confirmed.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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