FALL OF AEGINA.--HER RUIN AND HER RENOWN.
B.C. 457-456; Ol. 80. 4.
THE apprehended invasion of Attica in the spring of 456 B.C. did not take place; the successes of Myronides had frustrated the original combination, and the time had gone by for hindering the completion of those Long Walls, by which, to the deep disgust of every enemy of Athens, of the Corinthians especially, invasion was rendered for all time much less promptly or even certainly coercive.
Within a year the achievements of Myronides were followed up by the success of Leocrates, his former colleague at Plataea. The Aeginetans after a final resistance, according to Diodorus of nine months, were forced to surrender. Their walls were levelled, their remaining ships given up, and thenceforward they were included among the tributaries to the treasury of Athens until worse was to befall them.
The hopefulness that springs immortal in the human mind has a certain tendency, along with others better, to reconcile us somewhat easily to very painful catastrophes when they have once gone by. Averse to admit the utter defencelessness of mankind against any misery whatever, we are apt to find a weak comfort in assuming that the severest sufferers