the men whose position was on the decks fail to maintain the zeal which brooked no failure; but
some, while still at a considerable distance from the enemy, kept up a stream of arrows and
soon the space was full of missiles, while others, each time that they drew near, would hurl
their javelins, some doing their best to strike the defending marines and others the enemy
pilots themselves; and whenever the ships would come close together, they would not only fight
with their spears but at the moment of contact would also leap over on the enemy's triremes and
carry on the contest with their swords.
And since at each
reverse the victors would raise the war-cry and the others would rush to aid with shouting, a
mingled din prevailed over the entire area of the battle.
long time the battle was equally balanced because of the very high rivalry with which both
sides were inspired; but later on Alcibiades unexpectedly appeared from Samos
with twenty ships, sailing by mere chance to the
these ships were still at a distance, each side, hoping that reinforcement had come for
themselves, was elated in its hopes and fought on with far greater courage; but when the fleet
was now near and for the Lacedaemonians no signal was to be seen, but for the Athenians
Alcibiades ran up a purple flag from his own ship, which was the signal they had agreed upon,
the Lacedaemonians in dismay turned in flight and the Athenians, elated by the advantage they
now possessed, pressed eagerly upon the ships trying to escape.
And they speedily captured ten ships, but then a storm and violent winds arose, as a result
of which they were greatly hindered in the pursuit; for because of the high waves the boats
would not respond to the tillers, and the attempts at ramming proved fruitless, since the ships
were receding when struck.
In the end the Lacedaemonians,
gaining the shore, fled to the land army of Pharnabazus, and the Athenians at first essayed to
drag the ships from the shore and put up a desperate battle, but when they were checked in
their attempts by the Persian forces they sailed off to Sestus.
For Pharnabazus, wishing to build a defence for himself before the Lacedaemonians against the
charges they were bringing against him, put up all the more vigorous fight against the
Athenians; while at the same time, with respect to his sending the three hundred triremes to
he explained to them that he had done so on receiving information that
the king of the Arabians and the king of the Egyptians had designs upon Phoenicia