41.Thus said Athenagoras.Then one of their generals, rising up, forbade any other to stand forth, and spake himself to the matter in hand to this effect:
‘It is no wisdom, neither for the speakers to utter such calumnies one against another, nor for the hearers to receive them.We should rather consider, in respect of these reports, how we may in the best manner, both every one in particular and the city in general, be prepared to resist them when they come.
And if there be no need, yet to furnish the city with horses and arms and other habiliments of war can do us no hurt.
As for the care hereof and the musters, we will look to it, and will send men abroad both to the cities and for spials, and do whatsoever else is requisite.Somewhat we have done already;and what more we shall hereafter find meet, we will from time to time report unto you.’ Which when the general had said, the Syracusians dissolved the assembly.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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