63.The Lacedaemonians, after their return from Argos with their four months' truce, severely questioned Agis for that, upon so fair an opportunity as they never had before, he subdued not Argos to the state;for so many and so good confederates would hardly be gotten together again at one time.
But when also the news came of the taking of Orchomenus, then was their indignation much greater;and they presently resolved, contrary to their own custom, in their passion, to raze his house, and fine him in the sum of ten thousand drachmes.
But he besought them that they would do neither of these things yet, and promised that, leading out the army again, he would by some valiant action cancel those accusations;or, if not, they might proceed afterwards to do with him whatsoever they thought good.
So they forbore both the fine and the razing of his house, but made a decree for that present, such as had never been before, that ten Spartans should be elected and joined with him as councillors, without whom it should not be lawful for him to lead the army into the field.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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