9.Demosthenes, when he saw the Lacedaemonians bent to assault him both from their galleys and with their army by land, prepared also to defend the place.And when he had drawn up his galleys, all that were left him, to the land, he placed them athwart the fort and armed the mariners that belonged to them with bucklers, though bad ones, and for the greatest part made of osiers.For they had no means in a desert place to provide themselves of arms.Those they had they took out of a piratical boat of thirty oars and a light-horseman of the Messenians, which came by chance.And the men of arms of the Messenians were about forty, which he made use of amongst the rest.
The greatest part therefore, both of armed and unarmed, he placed on the parts of the wall toward the land which were of most strength and commanded them to make good the place against the land-forces if they assaulted it.And he himself, with sixty men of arms chosen out of the whole number and a few archers, came forth from the fort to the sea-side in that part where he most expected their landing, which part was of troublesome access and stony and lay to the wide sea.But because their wall was there the weakest, he thought they would be drawn to adventure for that.For neither did the Athenians think they should ever have been mastered with galleys, which caused them to make the place [to the seaward] the less strong;
and if the Peloponnesians should by force come to land, they made no other account but the place would be lost.
Coming therefore in this part to the very brink of the sea, he put in order his men of arms and encouraged them with words to this effect:
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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