But after he had assaulted Oenoe, and every
possible attempt to take it had failed, as no herald came from Athens, he at
last broke up his camp and invaded Attica.This was about eighty days after the Theban attempt upon Plataea, just in
the middle of summer, when the corn was ripe, and Archidamus, son of Zeuxis,
King of Lacedaemon, was in command.
Encamping in Eleusis and the Thriasian plain, they began their ravages, and
putting to flight some Athenian horse at a place called Rheiti, or the
Brooks, they then advanced, keeping Mount Aegaleus on their right, through
Cropia, until they reached Acharnae, the largest of the Athenian demes or
townships.Sitting down before it, they formed a camp there, and continued their
ravages for a long while.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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