From there they arrived at
Cotyora, a Greek city and a colony of the Sinopians. Here they spent fifty days, plundering
both the neighbouring peoples of Paphlagonia and the other barbarians. And the citizens of
Heracleia and Sinope sent them vessels on which both the soldiers and their pack-animals were
Sinope was a colony founded by the Milesians, and situated as
it was in Paphlagonia, it held first place among the cities of those regions; and it was in
this city that in our day Mithridates, who went to war with the Romans, had his largest palace.
And at that city also arrived Cheirisophus, who had been
dispatched without success to get triremes. Nevertheless, the Sinopians entertained them in
kindly fashion and sent them on their way by sea to Heracleia, a colony of the Megarians; and
the entire fleet came to anchor at the peninsula of Acherusia, where, we are told, Heracles led
up Cerberus from Hades.
As they proceeded from there on foot
through Bithynia they fell among perils, as the natives skirmished with them along their route.
So they barely made their way to safety to Chrysopolis in Chalcedonia, eight thousand three
hundred surviving of the original ten thousand.
some of the Greeks got back in safety, without further trouble, to their native lands, and the
rest banded together around the Chersonesus and laid waste the adjoining territory of the
Such, then, was the outcome of the campaign of Cyrus