Text #9108History of the Peloponnesian War. Series: Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War. Vol. 4 .
[Thuc. 7.50. Translated by Charles Forster Smith. Harvard University Press. 1923. (4 Vols.) p. 101]
The Athenian generals, on the other hand, seeing that the enemy had been reinforced by a fresh army, while their own situation was not only not improving, but on the contrary was daily growing worse in all respects, and especially through the distress caused by the sickness among the troops, repented that they had not moved away before. And since even Nicias no longer opposed as earnestly as before, but only urged that the matter be not openly put to a vote, they sent out word as secretly as possible to all the officers for a departure by sea from the camp, and that they should be ready whenever the signal should be given. But after all was ready and when they were about to make their departure, the moon, which happened then to be at the full, was eclipsed.1 And most of the Athenians, taking the incident to heart, urged the generals to wait. Nicias also, who was somewhat too much given to divination and the like, refused even to discuss further the question of their removal until they should have waited thrice nine days, as the soothsayers prescribed. Such, then was why the Athenians delayed and stayed on.
August 27, 413 BC [OF] ↩