20."Men of Athens, forasmuch as I see you violently bent on this expedition, such effect may it take as is desired.Nevertheless I shall now deliver my opinion upon the matter as it yet standeth.
As far as we understand by report, we set out against great cities, not subject one to another, nor needing innovation, whereby they should be glad, out of hard servitude, to admit of easier masters, nor such as are likely to prefer our government before their own liberty;but many (as for one island), and those Greek cities.
For besides Naxos and Catana (which too I hope will join with us for their affinity with the Leontines), there are other seven, furnished in all respects after the manner of our own army, and especially those two against which we bend our forces most, Selinus and Syracuse.
For there are in them many men of arms, many archers, many darters, besides many galleys and a multitude of men to man them.They have also store of money, both amongst private men and in their temples.This have the Selinuntians.The Syracusians have a tribute beside, coming in from some of the barbarians.But that wherein they exceed us most is this: that they abound in horses, and have corn of their own, not fetched in from other places.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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