71.But he, not imagining that the city was yet in quiet nor willing so soon to deliver up their ancient liberty, but rather that if they saw him approach with great forces they would be in tumult, not yet believing fully but that some stir or other would arise amongst them, gave no answer at all to those that came from The Four Hundred touching the composition, but having sent for new and great forces out of Peloponnesus, came down himself not long after, both with the army at Deceleia and those new comers, to the Athenian walls, hoping that they would fall into his hands according to his desire, at least the more easily for their confusion, or perhaps at the very first shout of their voices, in respect of the tumult that in all likelihood was to happen both within and without the city.For, as for the long walls, in regard of the few defendants likely to be found upon them, he thought he could not fail to take them.
But when he came near, and the Athenians were without any the least alteration within, and had with their horsemen which they sent out, and a part of their men of arms and of their light-armed and of their archers, overthrown some of his men that approached too near and gotten some arms and bodies of the slain, rectified thus, he withdrew his army again.
And himself, and such as were with him before, stayed in their places at Deceleia;but as for those that came last, after they had stayed awhile in the country, he sent them home again.After this The Four Hundred, notwithstanding their former repulse, sent ambassadors unto Agis anew;and he now receiving them better, by his advice they sent ambassadors also to Lacedaemon about an agreement, being desirous of peace.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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