27.When the news reached the Corinthians that Epidamnus was besieged, they equipped an
army1and proclaimed that a colony was to be sent thither; all who wished might go and
enjoy equal rights of citizenship;but any one who was unwilling to sail at once might remain at Corinth, and, if he made
a deposit of fifty Corinthian drachmae, might still have a share in the colony.2Many sailed, and many deposited the money.
The Corinthians also sent and requested the Megarians to assist them with a convoy in
case the Corcyraeans should intercept the colonists on their voyage.The Megarians accordingly provided eight ships, and the Cephallenians of
Palè four;the Epidaurians, of whom they made a similar request, five; the Hermionians one; the
Troezenians two; the Leucadians ten; and the Ambraciots eight.Of the Thebans and Phliasians they begged money, and of the Eleans money, and ships
without crews.On their own account they equipped thirty ships and three thousand hoplites.
The Corinthians prepare for war and proclaim a colony to Epidamnus. Megara and
other friendly cities furnish ship.
2 The sum would amount to £2 15s. 4d., or
to £1 2s. 6d., according to the two systems of reckoning
discussed in the note on 3.70, q.v.
Thucydides translated into English; with introduction, marginal analysis, notes, and indices. Volume 1. Thucydides. Benjamin Jowett. translator. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1881.
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