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The revolt of Samos, to be sure, had been put down promptly and sternly, but the Carians had been allowed to fall away, the Empire, so far from increasing in extent, had actually shrunk a lit- PERICLES 51 and all dreams of western adventure had been absolutely frowned upon. In Greece the opposing forces of Empire and League were watching each other narrowly, but so far the balance of power had been kept, and as long as the "elder statesmen" of Athens, Sparta, and Corinth held the helm peace was likely to continue.
At least, nothing that is told of his "private life is inconsistent with what we know of his public one. Most of the tales turn on the keenness of his wit, of a dry, sardonic sort that must have made him more feared than loved, even when the retort was as well deserved ecdotes preserved as that with which he crushed the Seriphian who pointed out that the honors showered upon him were really meant for his city. " A sense of injustice seems to have embittered his most successful days. " Yet, if not loved, he seems, before party strife reached its height, to have been respected by his fellow-citizens and in demand among them as an arbitrator in private suits, while as a magistrate he was inflexibly just.
Themistocles THEMISTOCLES 29 was ready for that, but Athens was not; in a sudden revulsion of reeling, she turned against the man who asked her to be more than human, and set Xanlhippus inMiis place. So it came about that Themistoeles took no part or none now visible in the campaign of either Platrea or Mycale. In the creation and organization, moreover, of the Confederacy of Delos, which was to develop into the Athenian empire, Aristides was given full responsibility and credit. Nevertheless, when we realize that the marvelous expansion in power and wealth and all the arts of — — which make the next fifty years of Athenian life unique in history would have been impossible, not only without that preponderance of naval force which Themistoclcs had insisted on, but without that conception of civilization Athenian policy, adventurous, daring, ambitious, "farflung," in which lie had educated his fellow-countrymen, we feel that to him more truly than to any other statesman or commander the Athenian empire was due.