only enters where the pressure of necessity is equal, and that the powerful exact what they can and weak grant what they must…And we will now endeavour to show that we have come in the interests of our empire and that in what we are about to say we are only seeking the preservation of your city. For we want to make you ours with the least trouble to ourselves and it is for the interest of us both that you should not be destroyed.

Mel.It may be your interest to be our masters, but how can it be ours to be your slaves?

Ath.To you the gain will be that by submission you will avert the worst; and we shall be all the richer for your preservation.