Meanwhile Inaros, son of Psammetichus, a
Libyan king of the Libyans on the Egyptian border, having his head-quarters
at Marea, the town above Pharos, caused a revolt of almost the whole of
Egypt from King Artaxerxes, and placing himself at its head, invited the
Athenians to his assistance.
Abandoning a Cyprian expedition upon which they happened to be engaged with
two hundred ships of their own and their allies, they arrived in Egypt and
sailed from the sea into the Nile, and making themselves masters of the
river and two-thirds of Memphis, addressed themselves to the attack of the
remaining third, which is called White Castle.Within it were Persians and Medes who had taken refuge there, and Egyptians
who had not joined the rebellion.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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