After the rout, the Corinthians, instead of
employing themselves in lashing fast and hauling after them the hulls of the
vessels which they had disabled,turned their attention to the men, whom
they butchered as they sailed through, not caring so much to make prisoners. Some even of their own friends were slain by them, by mistake, in their
ignorance of the defeat of the right wing.
For the number of the ships on both sides, and the distance to which they
covered the sea, made it difficult after they had once joined, to
distinguish between the conquering and the conquered;this battle proving far greater than any before it, any at least between
Hellenes, for the number of vessels engaged.
After the Corinthians had chased the Corcyraeans to the land, they turned
to the wrecks and their dead,most of whom they succeeded in getting hold of
and conveying to Sybota, the rendezvous of the land forces furnished by
their barbarian allies.Sybota, it must be known, is a desert harbor of Thesprotis.This task over, they mustered anew, and sailed against the Corcyraeans,
who on their part advanced to meet them with all their ships that were fit
for service and remaining to them, accompanied by the Athenian vessels,
fearing that they might attempt a landing in their territory.
It was by this time getting late,and the paean had been sung for the
attack,when the Corinthians suddenly began to back water. They had observed twenty Athenian ships sailing up, which had been sent out
afterwards to reinforce the ten vessels by the Athenians, who feared, as it
turned out justly, the defeat of the Corcyraeans and the inability of their
handful of ships to protect them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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