At the end of the
year in Athens Aristocrates entered the office of archon and in Rome the consular magistracy
was taken over by six military tribunes, Gaius Servilius, Lucius Verginius, Quintus Sulpicius,
Aulus Mutilius, and Manius Sergius.2
After these magistrates had entered office the Lacedaemonians,
learning that Thibron was conducting the war inefficiently, dispatched Dercylidas as general to
Asia; and he took over the army and advanced against the cities in the Troad.
Now Hamaxitus and Colonae and Arisba he took at the first assault, then
Ilium and Cerbenia and all the rest of the cities of the Troad, occupying some by craft and
conquering the others by force. After this he concluded an armistice of eight months with
Pharnabazus and advanced against the Thracians who were dwelling at that time in Bithynia; and
after laying waste their territory he led his army off into winter quarters.
In Trachinian Heracleia civil discord had
arisen and the Lacedaemonians sent Herippidas there to restore order. As soon as Herippidas
arrived in Heracleia he called an assembly of the people, and surrounding them with his
hoplites, he arrested the authors of the discord and put them all to death, some five hundred
And since the inhabitants about Oete had revolted,
he made war on them, subjected them to many hardships, and forced them to leave their land. The
majority of them, together with their children and wives, fled into Thessaly, from where they
were restored to their homes five years later by the Boeotians.
While these events were taking place, the Thracians invaded
the Chersonesus in great multitudes, laid waste the whole region, and held its cities
beleaguered. The inhabitants of the Chersonesus, being hard pressed in the war, sent for the
Lacedaemonian Dercylidas to come from Asia.
He, crossing over
with his army, drove the Thracians out of the country and shut off the Chersonesus by a wall
which he ran from sea to sea.3
By this act he prevented any future descent of the Thracians; and after
being honoured with great gifts he transported his army to Asia.