Archelaus, the king of the
since the people of
would not obey his orders, laid siege to the
city with a great army. He received reinforcement also from Theramenes, who brought a fleet;
but he, as the siege dragged on, sailed to Thrace
where he joined Thrasybulus who was commander of the entire fleet.
Archelaus now pressed the siege of Pydna
more vigorously, and after reducing it he removed the city some twenty stades distant from the
Mindarus, when the winter had come to an end, collected his
triremes from all quarters, for many had come to him from the Peloponnesus
as well as from the other allies. But the Athenian generals in
Sestus, when they learned of the great size of the fleet that was being assembled by the enemy,
were greatly alarmed lest the enemy, attacking with all their triremes, should capture their
Consequently the generals on their side hauled down the
ships they had at Sestus, sailed around the Chersonesus
, and moored them at Cardia2
; and they sent triremes to Thrasybulus
and Theramenes in Thrace
, urging them to come with
their fleet as soon as possible, and they summoned Alcibiades also from Lesbos
with what ships he had. And the whole fleet was gathered
into one place, the generals being eager for a decisive battle.
Mindarus, the Lacedaemonian admiral, sailing to Cyzicus
, disembarked his whole force and invested the city. Pharnabazus was also
there with a large army and with his aid Mindarus laid siege to Cyzicus
and took it by storm.
The Athenian generals, having decided to sail to
, put out to sea with all their ships and
sailed around the Chersonesus
. They arrived first at
Eleus; and after that they made a special point of sailing past the city of Abydus
at night, in order that the great number of their vessels
might not be known to the enemy.
And when they had arrived at
they spent the night there and the next day they disembarked the
soldiers who had shipped with them on the territory of the Cyzicenes and gave orders to
Chaereas, their commander, to lead the army against the city.