History of the Peloponnesian War


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

Such were the words of Hermocrates.

The Sicilians took his advice, and came to an understanding among themselves to end the war, each keeping what they had—the Camarinaeans taking Morgantina at a price fixed to be paid to the Syracusans—

and the allies of the Athenians called the officers in command, and told them that they were going to make peace and that they would be included in the treaty.

The generals assenting, the peace was concluded, and the Athenian fleet afterwards sailed away from Sicily.

Upon their arrival at Athens, the Athenians banished Pythodorus and Sophocles, and fined Eurymedon for having taken bribes to depart when they might have subdued Sicily.

So thoroughly had the present prosperity persuaded the citizens that nothing could withstand them, and that they could achieve what was possible and impracticable alike, with means ample or inadequate it mattered not.

The secret of this was their general extraordinary success, which made them confuse their strength with their hopes.