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Thucydides, The History Of The Peloponnesian War, 2.90.4

ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ Πελοποννήσιοι κατὰ μίαν ἐπὶ κέρως παραπλέοντας καὶ ἤδη ὄντας ἐντὸς τοῦ κόλπου τε καὶ πρὸς τῇ γῇ, ὅπερ ἐβούλοντο μάλιστα, ἀπὸ σημείου ἑνὸς ἄφνω ἐπιστρέψαντες τὰς ναῦς μετωπηδὸν ἔπλεον, ὡς εἶχε τάχους ἕκαστος, ἐπὶ τοὺς Ἀθηναίους, καὶ ἤλπιζον πάσας τὰς ναῦς ἀπολήψεσθαι.The Peloponnesians seeing him coasting along with his ships in single file, and by this inside the gulf and close in shore as they so much wished, at one signal tacked suddenly and bore down in line at their best speed on the Athenians, hoping to cut off the whole squadron.

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1. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 1.22.3, 1.75.3, 3.51.1, 5.71, 6.15.2, 7.2.1, 7.48-7.49, 7.57.1 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1.22.3. My conclusions have cost me some labour from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eye-witnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. 1.75.3. And the nature of the case first compelled us to advance our empire to its present height; fear being our principal motive, though honor and interest afterwards came in. 3.51.1. During the same summer, after the reduction of Lesbos, the Athenians under Nicias, son of Niceratus, made an expedition against the island of Minos, which lies off Megara and was used as a fortified post by the Megarians, who had built a tower upon it. 6.15.2. By far the warmest advocate of the expedition was, however, Alcibiades, son of Clinias, who wished to thwart Nicias both as his political opponent and also because of the attack he had made upon him in his speech, and who was, besides, exceedingly ambitious of a command by which he hoped to reduce Sicily and Carthage, and personally to gain in wealth and reputation by means of his successes. 7.2.1. Meanwhile the Corinthian fleet from Leucas made all haste to arrive; and one of their commanders, Gongylus, starting last with a single ship, was the first to reach Syracuse, a little before Gylippus. Gongylus found the Syracusans on the point of holding an assembly to consider whether they should not put an end to the war. This he prevented, and reassured them by telling them that more vessels were still to arrive, and that Gylippus, son of Cleandridas, had been despatched by the Lacedaemonians to take the command. 7.57.1. The following were the states on either side who came to Syracuse to fight for or against Sicily, to help to conquer or defend the island. Right or community of blood was not the bond of union between them, so much as interest or compulsion as the case might be.

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causation in thucydides, and collective passions Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 255
necessity (in thucydides), flexible Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 255
nicias Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 395
pagondas Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 395
plemmyrium Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 395
sicilian expedition, decision for, athenian motivation for Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 255
thucydides, son of melesias, audience, reader' Rengakos and Tsakmakis, Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) 395
ἔρως, and sicilian expedition Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (2022) 255