40.'We have proved that our complaints are justified and that our adversaries are
tyrannical1 and dishonest;we will now show you that you have no right to receive them.
Admitting that the treaty allows any unenrolled cities to join either league, this
provision does not apply to those who have in view the injury of others, but only to
him who is in need of protection,— certainly not to one who forsakes his
allegiance and who will bring war instead of peace to those who receive him, or
rather, if they are wise, will not receive him on such terms.And war the Corcyraeans will bring to you if you listen to them and not to us.
For if you become the allies of the Corcyraeans you will be no longer
at peace with us, but will be converted into enemies;and we must, if you take their part, in defending ourselves against them, defend
ourselves against you.
But you ought in common justice to stand aloof from both; or, if you must join
either, you should join us and go to war with them; to Corinth you are at all events
bound by treaty, but with Corcyra you never even entered into a temporary
negotiation. And do not set the precedent2 of receiving the rebellious subjects of others.
At the revolt of Samos3, when4 the
other Peloponnesians were divided upon the question of giving aid to the rebels,we voted in your favour and expressly maintained ‘ that
every one should be allowed to chastise his own allies.’
If you mean to receive and assist evil-doers, we shall assuredly gain as many
allies of yours as you will of ours; and you will establish a principle which will
tell against yourselves more than against us.
You will break the treaty by receiving them, and will compel us to be your
We did not encourage your rebellious subjects, and you should not receive
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