had started for Acarnania without any idea
of fighting at sea, and with vessels more like transports for carrying
soldiers; besides which, they never dreamed of the twenty Athenian ships venturing to
engage their forty-seven.
However, while they were coasting along their own shore, there were the
Athenians sailing along in line with them; and when they tried to cross over from Patrae in Achaea to the mainland on
the other side, on their way to Acarnania, they saw them again coming out
from Chalcis and the river Evenus to meet them.
They slipped from their moorings in the night, but were observed, and were
at length compelled to fight in mid passage.
Each state that contributed to the armament had its own general; the Corinthian commanders were Machaon, Is
ment Phormio gave the signal, and the Athenians attacked.
Sinking first one of the admirals, they then disabled all they came across,
so that no one thought of resistance for the confusion, but fled for Patrae
and Dyme in Achaea.
The Athenians gave chase and captured twelve ships, and taking most of the
men out of them sailed to Molycrium, and after setting up a trophy on the
promontory of Rhium and dedicating a ship to Poseidon, returned to
As for the Peloponnesians, they at once sailed with their remaining ships
along the coast from Dyme and Patrae to Cyllene, the Eleian arsenal; where Cnemus and the ships from Leucas that were to have joined them, also
arrived after the battle of Stratus.