And since the soldiers heartily welcomed the offers of Alcibiades and sent messages to
regarding them, the people1
voted to dismiss the charges against Alcibiades and to give him a
share in the command; for as they observed the efficiency of his daring and the fame he enjoyed
among the Greeks, they assumed, and with good reason, that his adherence to them would add no
little weight to their cause.
Moreover, Theramenes, who at the
time enjoyed the leadership in the government and who, if anyone, had a reputation of sagacity,
advised the people to recall Alcibiades. When word of this action was reported to Samos
, Alcibiades added nine ships to the thirteen he already
had, and sailing with them to Halicarnassus
money from that city.
After this he sacked Meropis2
and returned to Samos
with much plunder. And since a great amount of booty had
been amassed, he divided the spoils among the soldiers at Samos
and his own troops, thereby soon causing the recipients of his benefactions
to be well disposed toward himself.
About the same time the Antandrians,3
who were held by
sent to the Lacedaemonians for soldiers, with whose aid they expelled
the garrison and thus made their country a free place to live in; for the Lacedaemonians,
finding fault with Pharnabazus for the sending of the three hundred ships back to Phoenicia
, gave their aid to the inhabitants of Antandrus.
Of the historians, Thucydides
ended his history,5
included a period of twenty-two years in eight Books, although some divide it into nine6
; and Xenophon
and Theopompus have begun at the point where Thucydides left off. Xenophon embraced a period of
forty-eight years, and Theopompus set forth the facts of Greek history for seventeen years and
brings his account to an end with the sea-battle of Cnidus
in twelve Books.7
Such was the state of affairs
. The Romans were waging war with the Aequi and invaded their territory with a
strong army; and investing the city named Bolae they took it by siege.