Meanwhile the Potidaeans and the
Peloponnesians with Aristeus were encamped on the side looking towards
Olynthus on the isthmus, in expectation of the Athenians,and had
established their market outside the city.
The allies had chosen Aristeus general of all the infantry; while the command of the cavalry was given to Perdiccas,who had at once
left the alliance of the Athenians and gone back to that of the Potidaeans,
having deputed Iolaus as his general.
The plan of Aristeus was to keep his own force on the isthmus, and await
the attack of the Athenians; leaving the Chalcidians and the allies outside the isthmus, and the two
hundred cavalry from Perdiccas in Olynthus to act upon the Athenian rear, on
the occasion of their advancing against him; and thus to place the enemy between two fires.
While Callias the Athenian general and his colleagues despatched the
Macedonian horse and a few of the allies to Olynthus, to prevent any
movement being made from that quarter,the Athenians themselves broke up
their camp and marched against Potidaea.
After they had arrived at the isthmus, and saw the enemy preparing for
battle, they formed against him,and soon afterwards engaged.
The wing of Aristeus, with the Corinthians and other picked troops round
him, routed the wing opposed to it, and followed for a considerable distance
in pursuit.But the rest of the army of the Potidaeans and of the Peloponnesians was
defeated by the Athenians, and took refuge within the fortifications.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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