The Lacedaemonians appointed Thibron commander of the war
against the King, gave him a thousand soldiers from their own citizens,1
and ordered him to enlist as many troops from their allies as he
should think desirable.
Thibron, after going to Corinth and
summoning soldiers from the allies to that city, set sail for Ephesus with not more than five
thousand troops. Here he enrolled some two thousand soldiers from his own and other cities and
then marched forth with a total force of over seven thousand. Advancing some one hundred and
twenty stades, he came to Magnesia which was under the government of Tissaphernes; taking this
city at the first assault, he then advanced speedily to Tralles in Ionia and began to lay siege
to the city, but when he was unable to achieve any success because of its strong position, he
turned back to Magnesia.
And since the city was unwalled and
Thibron therefore feared that at his departure Tissaphernes would get control of it, he
transferred it to a neighbouring hill which men call Thorax; then Thibron, invading the
territory of the enemy, glutted his soldiers with booty of every kind. But when Tissaphernes
arrived with strong cavalry forces, he withdrew for security to Ephesus.