31.Presently after this came unto them an ambassage also from Eleians;and first they made a league with the Corinthians, and going thence to Argos, made a league with the Argives, according to the declaration before mentioned.The Eleians had a quarrel with the Lacedaemonians concerning Lepreum.
For the Lepreates having heretofore warred on certain of the Arcadians, and for their aid called the Eleians into their confederacy with condition to give the moiety of the land [to be won from them], when the war was ended, the Eleians gave unto the Lepreates the whole land to be enjoyed by themselves, with an imposition thereon of a talent to be paid to Jupiter Olympian, which they continued to pay till the beginning of the Athenian war.
But afterwards upon pretense of that war giving over the payment, the Eleians would have forced them to it again.The Lepreates for help having recourse to the Lacedaemonians, and the cause being referred to their decision, the Eleians afterwards, upon suspicion that the Lacedaemonians would not do them right, renounced the reference and wasted the territory of the Lepreates.
The Lacedaemonians nevertheless gave sentence that the Lepreates should be at liberty to pay it or not, and that the Eleians did the injury;
and because the Eleians had not stood to the reference, the Lacedaemonians put into Lepreum a garrison of men at arms.The Eleians, taking this as if the Lacedaemonians had received their revolted city, and producing the article of their league ‘that what every one possessed when they entered into the Attic war, the same they should possess when they gave it over,’ revolted to the Argives as wronged and entered league with them as is before related.
After these came presently into the Argive league the Corinthians and the Chalcideans upon Thrace.The Boeotians also and Megareans threatened as much;but because they thought the Argive democracy would not be so commodious for them, who were governed according to the government of the Lacedaemonians, by oligarchy, they stirred no further in it.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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