47.In the meantime the Athenian generals went to council upon their late overthrow and present general weakness of the army.For they saw not only that their designs prospered not, but that the soldiers also were weary of staying.
For they were troubled with sickness, proceeding from a double cause, this being the time of the year most obnoxious to diseases, and the place where they lay moorish and noisome;and all things else appeared desperate.
Demosthenes thought fit to stay no longer, and since the execution of his design at Epipolae had failed, delivered his opinion for going out of the haven whilst the seas were open and whilst, at least with this addition of galleys, they were stronger than the army of the enemy.
For it was better, he said, for the city to make war upon those which fortify against them at home than against the Syracusians, seeing they cannot now be easily overcome;and there was no reason why they should spend much money in lying before the city.This was the opinion of Demosthenes.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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