28.The Corcyraeans, advertised of this preparation, went to Corinth in company of the ambassadors of the Lacedaemonians and of the Sicyonians whom they took with them and required the Corinthians to recall the garrison and inhabitants which they had sent to Epidamnus, as being a city, they said, wherewith they had nothing to do;
or if they had anything to allege, they were content to have the cause judicially tried in such cities of Peloponnesus as they should both agree on;and they then should hold the colony to whom the same should be adjudged.They said also that they were content to refer their cause to the oracle at Delphi, that war they would make none;
but if they must needs have it, they should, by the violence of them, be forced in their own defence to seek out better friends than those whom they already had.
To this the Corinthians answered that if they would put off with their fleet and dismiss the barbarians from before Epidamnus, they would then consult of the matter;for before they could not honestly do it because whilst they should be pleading the case, the Epidamnians should be suffering the misery of a siege.
The Corcyraeans replied to this that if they would call back those men of theirs already in Epidamnus, that then they also would do as the Corinthians had required them;or otherwise they were content to let the men on both sides stay where they were and to suspend the war till the cause should be decided.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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