6.When they had done, they sent a messenger to Athens and gave truce to the Thebans to fetch away the bodies of their dead, and ordered the city as was thought convenient for the present occasion.
The news of what was done coming straightway to Athens, they instantly laid hands on all the Boeotians then in Attica and sent an officer to Plataea to forbid their farther proceeding with their Theban prisoners till such time as they also should have advised of the matter;for they were not yet advertised of their putting to death.
For the first messenger was sent away when the Thebans first entered the town;and the second, when they were overcome and taken prisoners;but of what followed after they knew nothing.So that the Athenians, when they sent, knew not what was done;and the officer arriving found that the men were already slain.
After this, the Athenians sending an army to Plataea, victualled it and left a garrison in it, and took thence both the women and children and also such men as were unserviceable for the war.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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