27.According to this, they concluded to go the next morning and relieve it.Phrynichus, when he had certain word from Derus of the arrival of those galleys, his colleagues advising to stay and fight it out with their fleet, said that he would neither do it himself nor suffer them to do it, or any other, as long as he could hinder it.
For seeing he might fight with them hereafter, when they should know against how many galleys of the enemy and with what additions to their own, sufficiently and at leisure made ready, they might do it, he would never, he said, for fear of being upbraided with baseness (for it was no baseness for the Athenians to let their navy give way upon occasion;
but by what means soever it should fall out, it would be a great baseness to be beaten), be swayed to hazard battle against reason and not only to dishonour the state but also to cast it into extreme danger, seeing that since their late losses it hath scarce been fit with their strongest preparation, willingly, no nor urged by precedent necessity, to undertake, how then without constraint to seek out voluntary, dangers?
Therefore he commanded them with all speed to take aboard those that were wounded and their landmen and whatsoever utensils they brought with them;but to leave behind whatsoever they had taken in the territory of the enemy to the end that their galleys might be the lighter;
and to put off for Samos, and thence, when they had all their fleet together, to make out against the enemy as occasion should be offered.As Phrynichus advised this, so he put it in execution, and was esteemed a wise man, not then only, but afterwards, nor in this only, but in whatsoever else he had the ordering of.
Thus the Athenians presently in the evening, with their victory unperfect, dislodged from before Miletus.From Samos the Argives, in haste and in anger for their overthrow, went home.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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