68.About the same time, in the end of summer, the Ambraciotes, both they themselves and divers barbarian nations by them raised, made war against Argos of Amphilochia and against the rest of that territory.
The quarrel between them and the Argives arose first from hence.
This Argos and the rest of Amphilochia was planted by Amphilochus the son of Amphiaraus after the Trojan war, who, at his return, misliking the then state of Argos, built this city in the Gulf of Ambracia and called it Argos after the name of his own country.
And it was the greatest city and had the most wealthy inhabitants of all Amphilochia.
But many generations after, being fallen into misery, they communicated their city with the Ambraciotes, bordering upon Amphilochia;and then they first learned the Greek language now used from the Ambraciotes that lived among them.
For the rest of the Amphilochians were barbarians.
Now the Ambraciotes in process of time drave out the Argives and held the city by themselves.Whereupon the Amphilochians submitted themselves to the Acarnanians, and both together called in the Athenians who sent thirty galleys to their aid and Phormio for general.Phormio, being arrived, took Argos by assault and, making slaves of the Ambraciotes, put the town into the joint possessions of the Amphilochians and Acarnanians.
And this was the beginning of the league between the Athenians and Acarnanians.
The Ambraciotes therefore, deriving their hatred to the Argives from this their captivity, came in with an army partly of their own and partly raised amongst the Chaonians and other neighboring barbarians now in this war.And coming to Argos, were masters of the field;but when they could not take the city by assault, they returned and disbanding went every nation to his own.These were the acts of the summer.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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