They delivered their instructions to the Achaeans under Damocritus when these had already begun a campaign against Lacedaemon
, and so, realizing that the Achaeans were set against their advice, proceeded on their way to Asia
. The Lacedaemonians, with a spirit greater than their strength, took up arms, and sallied forth to defend their country. But they were soon crushed; a thousand of their bravest youths fell in the battle, and the rest of the soldiery fled towards the city with all the haste they could.