64.Having thus advised, they sent Pisander with half the ambassadors presently home, to follow the business there, with command to set up the oligarchy in all the cities they were to touch at by the way;the other half they sent about, some to one part [of the state] and some to another.
And they sent away Diotrephes to his charge, who was now about Chios, chosen to go governor of the cities upon Thrace.He, when he came to Thasos, deposed the people.
And within two months at most after he was gone, the Thasians fortified their city, as needing no longer an aristocracy with the Athenians but expecting liberty every day by the help of the Lacedaemonians.For there were also certain of them with the Peloponnesians driven out by the Athenians;
and these practised with such in the city as were for their purpose to receive galleys into it and to cause it to revolt.So that it fell out for them just as they would have it, and that estate of theirs was set up without their danger and that the people was deposed that would have withstood it.
Insomuch as at Thasos it fell out contrary to what those Athenians thought which erected the oligarchy;and so, in my opinion, it did in many other places of their dominion.For the cities, now grown wise and withal resolute in their proceedings, sought a direct liberty and preferred not before it that outside of a well-ordered government introduced by the Athenians.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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