Aeneas Tacticus 9.





9. [Deterring the Enemy]

1. If your assailants are inclined to be aggressive, you may deal with them in this way. First send men to occupy certain points of vantage in your own territory. Then call together your soldiers or citizens and, telling them that an attack is to be made on the enemy, issue the necessary orders, bidding those of military age be ready, when the trumpet sounds at night, to take their arms, muster at a given point, and follow their leader. 2. When news of this reaches the city or camp of the enemy, it may very well dissuade them from their intended attack. 3. By this means your boldness and readiness to take the offensive will inspire your own men with confidence, and also deter the enemy from stirring beyond their own frontier.





1. Ἄν δὲ θρασύνεσθαί τι ἐπιχειρῶσιν οἱ ἐπιόντες πρός σε, τάδε ποιητέον. πρῶτον μὲν χρὴ σώμασι τόπους τινὰς τῆς οἰκείας χώρας καταλαβεῖν, ἔπειτα ἐκκλησιάσαντα τοὺς αὑτοῦ στρατιώτας ἢ πολίτας ἄλλα τε προειπεῖν αὐτοῖς, ὡς ὑπαρχούσης τινὸς αὐτοῖς πράξεως εἰς τοὺς πολεμίους, καὶ ὅταν νυκτὸς σημάνῃ τῇ σάλπιγγι, ἑτοίμους εἶναι τοὺς ἐν τῇ ἡλικίᾳ, ἀναλαβόντας τὰ ὅπλα καὶ ἀθροισθέντας εἰς χωρίον ῥητὸν ἕπεσθαι τῷ ἡγουμένῳ. 2. διαγγελθέντων οὖν τούτων εἰς τὸ στρατόπεδον τῶν πολεμίων ἢ τὴν πόλιν, δύνασαι ἀποτρέψαι ὧν ἐπιχειρῶσι πράσσειν. 3. τούτων δὲ οὕτω πραχθέντων τοῖς μὲν φιλίοις θάρσος ἐμποιήσεις ἐπιχειρῶν τι ἀλλ̓ οὐ δεδιώς, τοῖς δὲ πολεμίοις φόβον ἐμπαρασκευάσεις, ὥστε ἐπὶ τῆς αὑτῶν ἠρεμεῖν.

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created 04/07/2017 - updated 04/07/2017