History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

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

Thus far spoke Hermocrates.

Meanwhile the people of Syracuse were at great strife among themselves; some contending that the Athenians had no idea of coming and that there was no truth in what he said; some asking if they did come what harm they could do that would not be repaid them tenfold in return; while others made light of the whole affair and turned it into ridicule.

In short, there were few that believed Hermocrates and feared for the future.

Meanwhile Athenagoras, the leader of the people and very powerful at that time with the masses, came forward and spoke as follows:—