55.Whilst the Argives were in Epidauria, the ambassadors of divers cities, solicited by the Athenians, met together at Mantineia, where in a conference amongst them Euphamidas of Corinth said that their actions agreed not with their words;forasmuch as whilst they were sitting there to treat of a peace, the Epidaurians with their confederates and the Argives stood armed, in the meantime, against each other in order of battle;that it was therefore fit that somebody should go first unto the armies from either side and dissolve them, and then come again and dispute of peace.
This advice being approved, they departed, and withdrew the Argives from Epidauria.And meeting afterwards again in the same place, they could not for all that agree;and the Argives again invaded and wasted Epidauria.The Lacedaemonians also drew forth their army against Caryae;
but then again, their sacrifice for passage being not to their mind, they returned.
And the Argives, when they had spoiled about the third part of Epidauria, went home likewise.They had the assistance of one thousand men of arms of Athens, and Alcibiades their commander;but these hearing that the Lacedaemonians were in the field, and seeing now there was no longer need of them, departed.And so ended this summer.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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