The Eleians, because they stood in fear
of the superior strength of the Lacedaemonians, brought the war with them to an end, agreeing
that they would surrender their triremes to the Lacedaemonians and let the neighbouring cities
And the Lacedaemonians, now that they had brought
their wars to an end and were no longer concerned with them, advanced with their army against
the Messenians, of whom some were settled in an outpost on Cephallenia and others in Naupactus,
which the Athenians had given them, among the western Locrians.1
Driving the Messenians from these regions, they
returned the one outpost to the inhabitants of Cephallenia and the other to the Locrians.
The Messenians, being now driven from every place because of
their ancient hatred of the Spartans, departed with their arms from Greece, and some of them,
sailing to Sicily, took service as mercenaries with Dionysius, while others, about three
thousand in number, sailed to Cyrene and joined the forces of exiles there.
For at that time disorder had broken out among the Cyrenaeans, since
Ariston, together with certain others, had seized the city. Of the Cyrenaeans, five hundred of
the most influential citizens had recently been put to death and the most respected among the
survivors had been banished.
The exiles now added the
Messenians to their number and joined battle with the men who had seized the city, and many of
the Cyrenaeans were slain on both sides, but the Messenians were killed almost to a man.
After the battle the Cyrenaeans negotiated with each other
and agreed to be reconciled, and they immediately swore oaths not to remember past injuries and
lived together as one body in the city.
At this same time the Romans increased the number of colonists in the city known as