65.Nicias, having thus encouraged them, commanded presently to go aboard.Gylippus and the Syracusians might easily discern that the Athenians meant to fight by seeing their preparation.Besides, they had advertisement of their purpose to cast iron grapnels into their galleys;
and as for everything else, so also for that they had made provision.For they covered the fore-part of their galleys and also the decks for a great way, with hides, that the grapnels cast in might slip and not be able to take hold.
When all was ready, Gylippus likewise and the other commanders used unto their soldiers this hortative:
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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