The eloquence of Cleon frustrated the peace party's desire to accept these terms, and ultimately to the astonishment of the Greek world the Spartan hoplites to the number of 292 surrendered unconditionally (see Cleon).
An assembly was held and under the invective of Cleon it was decided to kill.
In 427 Cleon gained an evil notoriety by his proposal to put to death indiscriminately all the inhabitants of Mytilene, which had put itself at the head of a revolt.
There were salt-works in Sardinia too as early as about 150 B.C., as is attested by an inscription assigned to this date in Latin, Greek and Punic, being a dedication by one Cleon salari(us) soc(iorum) s(ervus) (Corp. Inscr.
Pericles was accused by Cleon of maladministration of public money, with the result that he was actually found guilty (see Grote's Hist.
Possibly, too, Cleon foresaw that peace would have meant a triumph for the philo-Laconian party.