end of the year the Athenians bestowed the office of archon upon Euctemon and the Romans
elected as consuls Marcus Papirius and Spurius Nautius, and the Ninety-third Olympiad was
celebrated, that in which Eubatus of Cyrene
"stadion." About this time the Athenian generals, now that they had taken possession of
, proceeded against the Hellespont
and took every one of the cities of that region with
the exception of Abydus
Then they left Diodorus and Mantitheus in charge with an
adequate force and themselves sailed to Athens
the ships and the spoils, having performed many great deeds for the fatherland. When they drew
near the city, the populace in a body, overjoyed at their successes, came out to meet them, and
great numbers of the aliens, as well as children and women, flocked to the Peiraeus.
For the return of the generals gave great cause for amazement, in that
they brought no less than two hundred captured vessels, a multitude of captive soldiers, and a
great store of spoils; and their own triremes they had gone to great care to embellish with
gilded arms and garlands and, besides, with spoils and all such decorations. But most men
thronged to the harbours to catch sight of Alcibiades, so that the city was entirely deserted,
the slaves vying with the free.
For at that time it had come
to pass that this man was such an object of admiration that the leading Athenians thought that
they had at long last found a strong man capable of opposing the people openly and boldly,
while the poor had assumed that they would have in him an excellent supporter who would
recklessly throw the city into confusion and relieve their destitute condition.
For in boldness he far excelled all other men, he was a most eloquent
speaker, in generalship he was unsurpassed, and in daring he was most successful; furthermore,
in appearance he was exceedingly handsome and in spirit brilliant and intent upon great
In a word, practically all men had conceived such
assumptions regarding him that they believed that along with his return from exile good fortune
in their undertakings had also come again to the city. Furthermore, just as the Lacedaemonians
enjoyed success while he was fighting on their side, so they expected that they in turn would
again prosper when they had this man as an ally.