While these things were going on, Rheomithres,1
who had been sent by the insurgents to King
Tachos in Egypt, received from him five hundred talents of silver and fifty warships, and
sailed to Asia to the city named Leucae.2
To this city he summoned many
leaders of the insurgents. These he arrested and sent in irons to Artaxerxes, and, though he
himself had been an insurgent, by the favours that he conferred through his betrayal, he made
his peace with the King.
In Egypt King Tachos, having
completed his preparations for the war, now had two hundred triremes expensively adorned, ten
thousand chosen mercenaries from Greece, and besides these eighty thousand Egyptian infantry.
He gave the command of the mercenaries to the Spartan Agesilaus,3
who had been dispatched by
the Lacedaemonians with a thousand hoplites to fight as an ally, being a man capable of leading
troops and highly regarded for his courage and for his shrewdness in the art of war.
The command of the naval contingent he entrusted to Chabrias4
who had not been sent officially by his country, but had been privately prevailed upon by the
king to join the expedition. The king himself, having command of the Egyptians and being
general of the whole army, gave no heed to the advice of Agesilaus to remain in Egypt and
conduct the war through the agency of his generals, though the advice was sound. In fact when
the armament had gone far afield and was encamped near Phoenicia, the general left in charge of
Egypt revolted from the king, and having thereupon sent word to his son Nectanebos prevailed
upon him to take the kingship in Egypt, and thereby kindled a great war.
For Nectanebos, who had been appointed by the king commander of the
soldiers from Egypt and had been sent from Phoenicia to besiege the cities in Syria, after
approving of his father's designs, solicited the officers with bribes and the common soldiers
with promises, and so prevailed upon them to be his accomplices.
At last Egypt was seized by the insurgents, and Tachos, panic-stricken, made bold to go
up to the King by way of Arabia and beg forgiveness for his past errors. Artaxerxes not only
cleared him of the charges against him but even appointed him general in the war against Egypt.