Anabasis eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 339 pages of information about Anabasis.

[3] If this is the same man as Hieronymus of Elis, who has been
    mentioned two or three times already, possibly the word {Euodea}
    points to some town or district of Elis; or perhaps the text is

After that, Xenophon begged him to hand over the hostages to himself, and if so disposed, to join him on an expedition to the hills, or if not, to let him go alone.  Accordingly the next day Seuthes delivered up the hostages.  They were men already advanced in years, but the pick of the mountaineers, as they themselves gave out.  Not merely did Seuthes do this, but he came himself, with his force at his back (and by this time he had treble his former force, for many of the Odrysians, hearing of his proceedings, came down to join in the campaign); and the Thynians, espying from the mountains the vast array of heavy infantry and light infantry and cavalry, rank upon rank, came down and supplicated him to make terms.  “They were ready,” they professed, “to do all that he demanded; let him take pledges of their good faith.”  So Seuthes summoned Xenophon and explained their proposals, adding that he should make no terms with them, if Xenophon wished to punish them for their night attack.  The latter replied:  “For my part, I should think their punishment is great enough already, if they are to be slaves instead of free men; still,” he added, “I advise you for the future to take as hostages those who are most capable of doing mischief, and to let the old men abide in peace at home.”  So to a man they gave in their adhesion in that quarter of the country.


Crossing over in the direction of the Thracians above Byzantium, they 1 reached the Delta, as it is called.  Here they were no longer in the territory of the Maesades, but in the country of Teres the Odrysian [an ancient worthy[1]].  Here Heracleides met them with the proceeds of the spoil, and Seuthes picked out three pairs of mules (there were only three, the other teams being oxen); then he summoned Xenophon and bade him take them, and divide the rest between the generals and officers, to which Xenophon replied that for himself, he was content to receive his share another time, but added:  “Make a present of these to my friends here, the generals who have served with me, and to the officers.”  So of the pairs of mules Timasion the Dardanian received one, Cleanor the Orchomenian one, and Phryniscus the Achaean one.  The teams of oxen were divided among the officers.  Then Seuthes proceeded to remit pay due for the month already passed, but all he could give was the equivalent of twenty days.  Heracleides insisted that this was all he had got by his trafficking.  Whereupon Xenophon with some warmth exclaimed:  “Upon my word, Heracleides, I do not think you care for Seuthes’ interest as you should.  If you did, you have been at pains to bring back the full amount of the pay, even if you had had to raise a loan to do so, and, if by no other means, by selling the coat off your own back.”

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