perior foe, and the Council and people were at a loss what to do. At first the
sentiments of the masses, from fear of the war, leaned toward handing over the suppliants, but
after this, when Pythagoras the philosopher advised that they grant safety to the suppliants,
they changed their opinions and accepted the war on behalf of the safety of the suppliants.
When the Sybarites advanced against them with three hundred
thousand men, the Crotoniates opposed them with one hundred thousand under the command of
Milo the athlete, who by reason of his great physical
strength was the first to put to flight his adversaries. For
we are told that this man, who had won the prize in Olympia six times and whose courage was of the measure of his physical body, came
to battle wearing his Olympic crowns and equipped with the gear of Heracles, lion's skin and
club; and he won the admiration of his fellow citizens as responsible for their victory.
astles here and at Bisanthe against some
such contingency as this. in Thrace, since,
apart from the anger of the multitude, he was afraid of the law-suits which had been brought
against him. For there were many who, on seeing how he was
hated, had filed numerous complaints against him, the most important of which was the one about
the horses, involving the sum of eight talents. Diomedes, it appears, one of his friends, had
sent in his care a four-horse team to Olympia; and
Alcibiades, when entering it in the usual way, listed the horses as his own; and when he was
the victor in the four-horse race, Alcibiades took for himself the glory of the victory and did
not return the horses to the man who had entrusted them to his care.Cp. Isocrates, On the Team of Horses.
As he thought about all these things he was afraid lest the
Athenians, seizing a suitable occasion, would inflict punishment upon him for all the wrongs he