While affairs in Asia were
handled as we have described, the Phocians went to war with the Boeotians because of certain
grievances and persuaded the Lacedaemonians to join them against the Boeotians. At first they
sent Lysander to them with a few soldiers, who, on entering Phocis, gathered an army; but later
the king, Pausanias, was dispatched there with six thousand soldiers.
The Boeotians persuaded the Athenians to take part with them in the war, but at the
time they took the field alone and found Haliartus under siege by Lysander and the Phocians. In
the battle which followed Lysander fell together with many Lacedaemonians and their allies. The
entire body of other Boeotians speedily turned back from the pursuit, but some two hundred
Thebans advanced rather rashly into rugged terrain and were slain.
This was called the Boeotian War. Pausanias, the king of the Lacedaemonians, on
learning of the defeat, concluded a truce1
Boeotians and led his army back to the Peloponnesus.
Conon, the admiral of the Persians, put the Athenians
Hieronymus and Nicodemus in charge of the fleet and himself set forth with intent to interview
the King. He sailed along the coast of Cilicia, and when he had gone on to Thapsacus in Syria,
he then took boat by the Euphrates river to Babylon.
met the King and promised that he would destroy the Lacedaemonians' naval power if the King
would furnish him with such money and other supplies as his plan required.
Artaxerxes approved Conon, honoured him with rich gifts, and appointed a
paymaster who should supply funds in abundance as Conon might assign them. He also gave him
authority to take as his associate leader for the war any Persian he might choose. Conon
selected the satrap Pharnabazus and then returned to the sea, having arranged everything to
suit his purpose.