History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.

It is now our turn to benefit by the principle that we laid down at Lacedaemon, that every power has a right to punish her own allies.

We now claim to receive the same from you, and protest against your rewarding us for benefiting you by our vote by injuring us by yours.

On the contrary, return us like for like, remembering that this is that very crisis in which he who lends aid is most a friend, and he who opposes is most a foe.

And for these Corcyraeans—neither receive them into alliance in our despite, nor be their abettors in crime.

So do, and you will act as we have a right to expect of you, and at the same time best consult your own interest.