From Ephesus Alcidas set sail in haste and
fled.He had been seen by the Salaminian and Paralian galleys, which happened to
be sailing from Athens, while still at anchor off Clarus and fearing pursuit
he now made across the open sea, fully determined to touch nowhere, if he
could help it, until he got to Peloponnese.
Meanwhile news of him had come in to Paches from the Erythraeid, and indeed
from all quarters.As Ionia was unfortified great fears were felt that the Peloponnesians
coasting along shore, even if they did not intend to stay, might make
descents in passing and plunder the towns; and now the Paralian and Salaminian, having seen him at Clarus, themselves
brought intelligence of the fact.
Paches accordingly gave hot chase, and continued the pursuit as far as the
isle of Patmos, and then finding that Alcidas had got on too far to be
overtaken, came back again.Meanwhile he thought it fortunate that, as he had not fallen in with them
out at sea, he had not overtaken them anywhere where they would have been
forced to encamp, and so give him the trouble of blockading them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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