83.Where the Syracusians the next day overtook and told him, that those with Demosthenes had yielded themselves, and willed him to do the like.But he, not believing it, took truce for a horseman to enquire the truth.
Upon return of the horseman and word that they had yielded, he sent a herald to Gylippus and the Syracusians, saying that he was content to compound on the part of the Athenians to repay whatsoever money the Syracusians had laid out, so that his army might be suffered to depart, and that till payment of the money were made, he would deliver them hostages, Athenians, every hostage rated as a talent.
But Gylippus and the Syracusians, refusing the condition, charged them, and having hemmed them in, plied them with shot, as they had done the other army, from every side till evening.
This part of the army was also pinched with the want both of victual and other necessaries.Nevertheless, observing the quiet of the night, they were about to march.But no sooner took they their arms up than the Syracusians perceiving it gave the alarm.
Whereupon the Athenians, finding themselves discovered, sat down again, all but three hundred, who breaking by force through the guards, marched as far as they could that night.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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