50.When this would not be agreed unto, they then required this: not that they should render Lepreum, unless they would, but that then they should come to the altar of Jupiter Olympian, seeing they desired to have free use of the temple, and there before the Grecians to take an oath to pay the fine at least hereafter.
But when the Lacedaemonians refused that also, they were excluded the temple, the sacrifices, and the games, and sacrificed at home;but the rest of the Grecians, except the Lepreates, were all admitted to be spectators.
Nevertheless, the Eleians, fearing lest they would come and sacrifice there by force, kept a guard there of their youngest men in arms, to whom were added Argives and Mantineans, of either city one thousand, and certain Athenian horsemen, who were then at Argos waiting the celebration of the feast.
For a great fear possessed all the assembly lest the Lacedaemonians should come upon them with an army;and the rather because Lichas, the son of Arcesilaus, a Lacedaemonian, had been whipped by the serjeants upon the race;for that when his chariot had gotten the prize, after proclamation made that the chariot of the Boeotian state had won it (because he himself was not admitted to run), he came forth into the race and crowned his charioteer, to make it known that the chariot was his own.This added much unto their fear, and they verily expected some accident to follow.Nevertheless the Lacedaemonians stirred not;and the feast passed over.
After the Olympian games, the Argives and their confederates went to Corinth to get the Corinthians into their league.And the Lacedaemonian ambassadors chanced to be there also;and after much conference and nothing concluded, upon occasion of an earthquake they brake off the conference and returned every one to his own city.And so this summer ended.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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