Turning a deaf ear to all these proposals,
when their ships were manned and their allies had come in, the Corinthians
sent a herald before them to declare war, and getting under weigh with
seventy-five ships and two thousand heavy infantry, sailed for Epidamnus to
give battle to the Corcyraeans.
The fleet was under the command of Aristeus, son of Pellichas Callicrates,
son of Callias, and Timanor, son of Timanthes; the troops under that of Archetimus, son of Eurytimus, and Isarchidas, son
When they had reached Actium in the territory of Anactorium, at the mouth
of the gulf of Ambracia, where the temple of Apollo stands, the Corcyraeans
sent on a herald in a light boat to warn them not to sail against them.Meanwhile they proceeded to man their ships, all of which had been equipped
for action, the old vessels being undergirded to make them seaworthy.
On the return of the herald without any peaceful answer from the
Corinthians, their ships being now manned, they put out to sea to meet the
enemy with a fleet of eighty sail （forty were engaged in the siege
of Epidamnus）, formed line and went into action,,
and gained a
decisive victory and destroyed fifteen of the Corinthian vessels.The same day had seen Epidamnus compelled by its besiegers to capitulate; the conditions being that the foreigners should be sold, and the
Corinthians kept as prisoners of war, till their fate should be otherwise
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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