68.This was the order and preparation of both the armies.The army of the Lacedaemonians appeared to be the greater.
But what the number was, either of the particulars of either side or in general, I could not exactly write.For the number of the Lacedaemonians, agreeable to the secrecy of that state, was unknown;and of the other side, for the ostentation usual with all men touching the number of themselves, was unbelieved.Nevertheless, the number of the Lacedaemonians may be attained by computing thus.
Besides the Sciritae, which were six hundred, there fought in all seven regiments;in every regiment were four companies, in each company were four enomotiae, and of every enomotia there stood in front four;but they were not ranged all alike in file, but as the captains of bands thought it necessary;but the army in general was so ordered as to be eight men in depth.And the first rank of the whole, besides the Sciritae, consisted of four hundred and forty-eight soldiers.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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