The same winter the Athenians in Sicily and
the Rhegians, with thirty ships, made an expedition against the islands of
Aeolus; it being impossible to invade them in summer, owing to the want of water.
These islands are occupied by the Liparians, a Cnidian colony, who live in
one of them of no great size called Lipara; and from this as their headquarters cultivate the rest, Didyme, Strongyle,
In Hiera the people in those parts believe that Hephaestus has his forge,
from the quantity of flame which they see it send out by night, and of smoke
by day.These islands lie off the coast of the Sicels and Messinese, and were
allies of the Syracusans.
The Athenians laid waste their land, and as the inhabitants did not submit,
sailed back to Rhegium.Thus the winter ended, and with it ended the fifth year of this war, of
which Thucydides was the historian.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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