57.These things against the Potidaeans, the Athenians had precontrived presently after the naval battle fought at Corcyra.
For the Corinthians and they were now manifestly at difference;and Perdiccas, who before had been their confederate and friend, now warred upon them.
And the cause why he did so was that when his brother Philip and Derdas joined in arms against him, the Athenians had made a league with them.
And therefore being afraid, he both sent to Lacedaemon to negotiate the Peloponnesian war and also reconciled himself to the Corinthians the better to procure the revolt of Potidaea.
And likewise he practised with the Chalcideans of Thrace and with the Bottiaeans to revolt with them;for if he could make these confining cities his confederates, with the help of them he thought his war would be the easier.
Which the Athenians perceiving and intending to prevent the revolt of these cities, gave order to the commanders of the fleet (for they were now sending thirty galleys with a thousand men of arms under the command of Archestratus the son of Lycomedes, and ten others, into the territories of Perdiccas) both to receive hostages of the Potidaeans and to demolish their walls, and also to have an eye to the neighboring cities that they revolted not.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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