The Story of Greece (Yesterday's Classics)
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Stories from the history of ancient Greece beginning with mythical and legendary stories of gods and heroes and ending with the conquests of Alexander the Great. Gives short accounts of battles and sieges, and of the men who made Greece a great nation. Suitable for ages 10 and up.
for his foe, yet well did he know that no Trojan had given him shelter. For Paris was "hated of all even as black death," because it was through his base deed that Troy had been besieged for nine long years. CHAPTER XIII Hector and Andromache THE gods were angry with Aphrodite because she had hidden Paris from the king, and they determined that, in spite of their oath, the two armies should again begin to fight. So Athene was sent to the Trojan hosts, disguised as one of themselves. In and
scarce in Plataea. Either the little garrison must force its way out or die of hunger. To escape, the soldiers would have to scale the wall, without attracting the attention of the sentinels, and reach the ground on the other side. More than half the garrison resolved to stay where it was, but about two hundred determined to make the perilous attempt. So one cold, dark night in the month of December, when the sentinels had retreated into the towers for shelter, the brave two hundred stole out
attack Amphipolis, an important town in Thrace, standing on the bank of the river Strymon. CHAPTER LXVIII Amphipolis Surrenders to Brasidas AMPHIPOLIS belonged to the Athenians, who had sent Thucydides and Eucles to guard the city lest it should be attacked by the Spartans. Thucydides had not only the city but a large district also to protect, and he was at this time stationed with his troops at some distance from Amphipolis, while Eucles was in the city itself. The bridge over the Strymon,
say, that they had no power to arrange terms until they had heard from their own council. No sooner had they spoken than Alcibiades jumped to his feet, and to the dismay of the ambassadors he pointed to them with scorn, saying, "These men say one thing one day, and another thing the next day; they are not to be trusted. Let us refuse to have anything more to do with them." The Athenians at once agreed with Alcibiades that it was useless to treat with such unreliable ambassadors, and they then
hoped to set out to invade Asia. But the wild tribes on the borders of Macedon began to be restless, and the king was forced to subdue these foes nearer home before he went to Asia. While he was driving them beyond his borders, a rumour that he was dead reached Greece. If Alexander was dead it was a good chance, thought the Thebans, to drive the Macedonians from their citadel, and without waiting to find out if the rumour was true they revolted. Demosthenes tried to persuade the Athenians to