When Charisander was archon at Athens, the Romans
elected four military tribunes with consular power, Servius Sulpicius, Lucius Papirius, Titus
Quinctius; and the Eleians celebrated the one hundred first Olympiad, in which Damon of Thurii
won the stadium race. During their term of office, in Thrace the Triballians, suffering from a
famine, moved in full force into territory beyond their borders and obtained food from the land
not their own.
More than thirty thousand invaded the adjacent
part of Thrace and ravaged with impunity the territory of Abdera; and after seizing a large
quantity of booty they were making their way homeward in a contemptuous and disorderly fashion
when the inhabitants of Abdera took the field in full force against them and slew more than two
thousand of them as they straggled in disorder homewards.2
The barbarians then, enraged at what had happened and wishing
to avenge themselves upon the Abderites, again invaded their land. The victors in the earlier
conflict, being elated by their success and aided by the presence of the Thracians of the
neighbouring region, who had sent out a body of men to assist them, drew up their lines
opposite to the barbarians.
A stubborn battle took place, and
since the Thracians suddenly changed sides, the Abderites, now left to fight alone and
surrounded by the superior number of the barbarians, were butchered almost to a man, as many as
took part in the fight. But just after the Abderites had suffered so great a disaster and were
on the point of being besieged, Chabrias the Athenian suddenly appeared with troops and
snatched them out of their perils. He drove the barbarians from the country, and, after leaving
a considerable garrison in the city, was himself assassinated by certain persons.3
Timotheus succeeded him as admiral, sailed to Cephallenia, won
over the cities there, and likewise persuaded the cities of Acarnania to come over to Athens.
After he had made a friend of Alcetas, king of the Molossians, and, speaking generally, had won
over the areas belonging to the cities of those regions, he defeated the Lacedaemonians in a
naval battle off Leucas.4
All this he accomplished quickly and easily, not only
persuading men by his eloquence, but also winning battles by courage and good generalship.
Consequently he won great acclaim, not only among his own fellow citizens but also among the
Greeks at large. Thus stood the fortunes of Timotheus.