66.In the meantime, the way the Syracusians had to go being long, the Athenians had pitched their camp at leisure in a place of advantage, wherein it was their own power to begin battle when they list, and where both in and before the battle the Syracusian horsemen could least annoy them.For on one side there were walls and houses and trees and a lake that kept them off;on the other side steep rocks;
and having felled trees hard by and brought them to the seaside, they made a pallisado both before their galleys and towards Dascon.And on that part that was most accessible to the enemy, they made a fort with stone (the best they could find, but unwrought) and with wood, and withal pulled down the bridge of the river Anapus.
Whilst this was doing, there came none to empeach them from the city.The first that came against them were the Syracusian horsemen, and by and by after, all the foot together.And though at first they came up near unto the camp of the Athenians, yet after, seeing the Athenians came not out against them, they retired again, and crossing to the other side of the Helorine highway, stayed there that night.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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