44.The Peloponnesians, solicited by messengers from the great men of Rhodes, resolved to go thither, because they hoped it would not prove impossible with their number of seamen and army of land soldiers to bring that island into their power;and withal supposed themselves able, with their present confederates, to maintain their fleet without asking money any more of Tissaphernes.
Presently therefore, the same winter, they put forth from Cnidus, and arriving in the territory of Rhodes at Cameirus, first frighted the commons out of it, that knew not of the business, and they fled.Then the Lacedaemonians called together both these and the Rhodians of the two cities Lindus and Ielysus and persuaded them to revolt from the Athenians.And Rhodes turned to the Peloponnesians.
The Athenians at the same time, hearing of their design, put forth with their fleet from Samos, desiring to have arrived before them, and were seen in the main sea, too late, though not much.For the present they went away to Chalce, and thence back to Samos;but afterwards they came forth with their galleys divers times, and made war against Rhodes from Chalce, Cos, and Samos.
Now the Peloponnesians did no more to the Rhodians but levy money amongst them to the sum of thirty-two talents;and otherwise for fourscore days that they lay there, having their galleys hauled ashore, they meddled not.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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