118."Concerning the temple and oracle of Apollo Pythius, it seemeth good unto us that whosoever will may without fraud and without fear ask counsel threat, according to the laws of his country.
The same also seemeth good to the Lacedaemonians and their confederates here present;and they promise moreover to send ambassadors to the Boeotians and Phoceans, and do their best to persuade them to the same.
That concerning the treasure belonging to the god, we shall take care to find out those that have offended therein, both we and you, proceeding with right and equity, according to the laws of our several states;
and that whosoever else will may do the same every one according to the law of his own country."If the Athenians will accord that each side shall keep within their own bounds, retaining what they now possess, the Lacedaemonians and the rest of the confederates touching the same think good thus: "That the Lacedaemonians in Coryphasium stay within the mountains of Buphras and Tomeus, and the Athenians in Cythera without joining together in any league, either we with them or they with us.That those in Nisaea and Minoa pass not the highway, which from the gate of Megara near the temple of Nisus leadeth to the temple of Neptune, and so straightforward to the bridge that lies over into Minoa;that the Megareans pass not the same highway, nor into the island which the Athenians have taken, neither having commerce with other.That the Megareans keep what they now possess in Troezen and what they had before by agreement with the Athenians, and have free navigation, both upon the coasts of their own territories and their confederates.
"That the Lacedaemonians and their confederates shall pass the seas not in a long ship, but in any other boat rowed with oars of burden not exceeding five hundred talents.
"That the heralds and ambassadors that shall pass between both sides for the ending of the war or for trials of judgment may go and come without impeachment, with as many followers as they shall think good, both by sea and land.
"That during this time of truce, neither we nor you receive one another's fugitives, free nor bond.
"That you to us and we to you shall afford law according to the use of our several states, to the end our controversies may be decided judicially without war.
"This is thought good by the Lacedaemonians and their confederates.But if you shall conceive any other articles more fair or of more equity than these, then shall you go and declare the same at Lacedaemon.For neither shall the Lacedaemonians nor their confederates refuse anything that you shall make appear to be just.
But let those that go, go with full authority, even as you do now require it of us.—That this truce shall be for a year.
‘The people decreed it.Acamantis was president of the assembly.Phaenippus the scribe.Niciades overseer, and Laches pronounced these words: 'With good fortune to the people of Athens, a suspension of arms is concluded, according as the Lacedaemonians and their confederates have agreed.'
And they consented before the people that the suspension should continue for a year, beginning that same day, being the fourteenth of the month Elaphebolion,
in which time the ambassadors and heralds, going from one side to the other, should treat about a final end of the wars;and that the commanders of the army
and the presidents of the city calling an assembly, the Athenians should hold a council, touching the manner of embassage for ending of the war first;and the ambassadors there present should now immediately swear this truce for a year.’
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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