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Thucydides, The History Of The Peloponnesian War, 1.121.3


ναυτικόν τε, ᾧ ἰσχύουσιν, ἀπὸ τῆς ὑπαρχούσης τε ἑκάστοις οὐσίας ἐξαρτυσόμεθα καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἐν Δελφοῖς καὶ Ὀλυμπίᾳ χρημάτων: δάνεισμα γὰρ ποιησάμενοι ὑπολαβεῖν οἷοί τ’ ἐσμὲν μισθῷ μείζονι τοὺς ξένους αὐτῶν ναυβάτας. ὠνητὴ γὰρ ἡ Ἀθηναίων δύναμις μᾶλλον ἢ οἰκεία: ἡ δὲ ἡμετέρα ἧσσον ἂν τοῦτο πάθοι, τοῖς σώμασι τὸ πλέον ἰσχύουσα ἢ τοῖς χρήμασιν.which they possess shall be raised by us from our respective antecedent resources, and from the monies at Olympia and Delphi . A loan from these enables us to seduce their foreign sailors by the offer of higher pay. For the power of Athens is more mercenary than national; while ours will not be exposed to the same risk, as its strength lies more in men than in money.


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1. Aristophanes, Knights, 1304 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

2. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 1.7, 1.71.4, 1.122.1, 1.125.2, 1.142-1.143, 1.144.1, 2.13-2.14, 2.17, 2.20-2.23, 2.65.13, 4.14.3, 5.14.3, 5.43.2, 6.6.1, 6.8.4, 6.24.3, 7.18.2, 7.27.5, 8.2.4, 8.15.1, 8.73.3 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1.71.4. Here, at least, let your procrastination end. For the present, assist your allies and Potidaea in particular, as you promised, by a speedy invasion of Attica, and do not sacrifice friends and kindred to their bitterest enemies, and drive the rest of us in despair to some other alliance. 1.122.1. We have also other ways of carrying on the war, such as revolt of their allies, the surest method of depriving them of their revenues, which are the source of their strength, and establishment of fortified positions in their country, and various operations which cannot be foreseen at present. For war of all things proceeds least upon definite rules, but draws principally upon itself for contrivances to meet an emergency; and in such cases the party who faces the struggle and keeps his temper best meets with most security, and he who loses his temper about it with correspondent disaster. 1.125.2. This decided, it was still impossible for them to commence at once, from their want of preparation; but it was resolved that the means requisite were to be procured by the different states, and that there was to be no delay. And indeed, in spite of the time occupied with the necessary arrangements, less than a year elapsed before Attica was invaded, and the war openly begun. 1.144.1. I have many other reasons to hope for a favorable issue, if you can consent not to combine schemes of fresh conquest with the conduct of the war, and will abstain from willfully involving yourselves in other dangers; indeed, I am more afraid of our own blunders than of the enemy's devices. 2.65.13. So superfluously abundant were the resources from which the genius of Pericles foresaw an easy triumph in the war over the unaided forces of the Peloponnesians. 4.14.3. Great was the melee, and quite in contradiction to the naval tactics usual to the two combatants; the Lacedaemonians in their excitement and dismay being actually engaged in a sea-fight on land, while the victorious Athenians, in their eagerness to push their success as far as possible, were carrying on a land-fight from their ships. 5.14.3. Lacedaemon, on the other hand, found the event of the war falsify her notion that a few years would suffice for the overthrow of the power of the Athenians by the devastation of their land. She had suffered on the island a disaster hitherto unknown at Sparta ; she saw her country plundered from Pylos and Cythera ; the Helots were deserting, and she was in constant apprehension that those who remained in Peloponnese would rely upon those outside and take advantage of the situation to renew their old attempts at revolution. 5.43.2. Foremost amongst these was Alcibiades, son of Clinias, a man yet young in years for any other Hellenic city, but distinguished by the splendor of his ancestry. Alcibiades thought the Argive alliance really preferable, not that personal pique had not also a great deal to do with his opposition; he being offended with the Lacedaemonians for having negotiated the treaty through Nicias and Laches, and having overlooked him on account of his youth, and also for not having shown him the respect due to the ancient connection of his family with them as their Proxeni, which, renounced by his grandfather, he had lately himself thought to renew by his attentions to their prisoners taken in the island. 6.6.1. Such is the list of the peoples, Hellenic and barbarian, inhabiting Sicily, and such the magnitude of the island which the Athenians were now bent upon invading; being ambitious in real truth of conquering the whole, although they had also the specious design of succouring their kindred and other allies in the island. 6.8.4. and Nicias, who had been chosen to the command against his will, and who thought that the state was not well advised, but upon a slight and specious pretext was aspiring to the conquest of the whole of Sicily, a great matter to achieve, came forward in the hope of diverting the Athenians from the enterprise, and gave them the following counsel:— 6.24.3. All alike fell in love with the enterprise. The older men thought that they would either subdue the places against which they were to sail, or at all events, with so large a force, meet with no disaster; those in the prime of life felt a longing for foreign sights and spectacles, and had no doubt that they should come safe home again; while the idea of the common people and the soldiery was to earn wages at the moment, and make conquests that would supply a never-ending fund of pay for the future. 7.18.2. But the Lacedaemonians derived most encouragement from the belief that Athens, with two wars on her hands, against themselves and against the Siceliots, would be more easy to subdue, and from the conviction that she had been the first to infringe the truce. In the former war, they considered, the offence had been more on their own side, both on account of the entrance of the Thebans into Plataea in time of peace, and also of their own refusal to listen to the Athenian offer of arbitration, in spite of the clause in the former treaty that where arbitration should be offered there should be no appeal to arms. For this reason they thought that they deserved their misfortunes, and took to heart seriously the disaster at Pylos and whatever else had befallen them. 7.27.5. They were deprived of their whole country: more than twenty thousand slaves had deserted, a great part of them artisans, and all their sheep and beasts of burden were lost; and as the cavalry rode out daily upon excursions to Decelea and to guard the country, their horses were either lamed by being constantly worked upon rocky ground, or wounded by the enemy. 8.2.4. With these reasons for confidence in every quarter, the Lacedaemonians now resolved to throw themselves without reserve into the war considering that, once it was happily terminated, they would be finally delivered from such dangers as that which would have threatened them from Athens, if she had become mistress of Sicily, and that the overthrow of the Athenians would leave them in quiet enjoyment of the supremacy over all Hellas . 8.15.1. While the revolted places were all engaged in fortifying and preparing for the war, news of Chios speedily reached Athens . The Athenians thought the danger by which they were now menaced great and unmistakable, and that the rest of their allies would not consent to keep quiet after the secession of the greatest of their number. In the consternation of the moment they at once took off the penalty attaching to whoever proposed or put to the vote a proposal for using the thousand talents which they had jealously avoided touching throughout the whole war, and voted to employ them to man a large number of ships, and to send off at once under Strombichides, son of Diotimus, the eight vessels, forming part of the blockading fleet at Spiraeum, which had left the blockade and had returned after pursuing and failing to overtake the vessels with Chalcideus. These were to be followed shortly afterwards by twelve more under Thrasycles, also taken from the blockade.


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alcibiades, and athenian decision in favour of sicilian expedition Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
alcibiades Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 536, 569
archidamus Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
aristophanes, comic poet Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 536
athenian empire Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 267
athens and athenians, vs. spartans Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
attica Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 267
corinthians (speeches of), at congress of spartan allies Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
desire, athenian…(mostly for sicily) Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
egesta Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 536
endius Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
ephorus Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
hermaeondas Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
hermocrates, on athenian concern with sicily Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
hippagretas Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
irrational impulses, and human nature Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
lichas, son of arcesilaus Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
nature (φύσις), vs. national character Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
neodamodeis Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 569
nicias, and athenian decision for sicilian expedition Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
nicias Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 536
peace of nicias Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
sicilian expedition, decision for, and wish to rule sicily in its entirety Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
sicily' Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 536
sparta and spartans, and hope Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
ἐλπίς (hope or expectation) and ἐλπίζω and εὔελπις, spartans affected by Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191
ἔρως, and sicilian expedition Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 191