91.These things Theramenes murmured at long before;and when the ambassadors returned from Lacedaemon without compounding for them all in general, he gave out that this wall would endanger the undoing of the city.
For at this very instant there happened to be riding on the coast of Laconia fortytwo galleys, amongst which were some of Tarentum, some of Locri, some Italians, and some Sicilians, set out from Peloponnesus at the instance of the Euboeans, bound for Euboea and commanded by Hegesandridas, the son of Hegesander, a Spartan.And these Theramenes said were coming not so much towards Euboea as towards those that fortified in Eetioneia, and that if they were not looked to, they would surprise the city.
Now some matter might indeed be gathered also from those that were accused, so that it was not a mere slander.For their principal design was to retain the oligarchy with dominion over their confederates;but if they failed of that, yet being masters of the galleys and of the fortification, to have subsisted free themselves;if barred of that, then rather than to be the only men to suffer death under the restored democracy, to let in the enemy;and without either navy or fortification to have let what would have become of the city and to have compounded for the safety of their own persons.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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