The same summer the Athenians sent thirty
ships round Peloponnese under Demosthenes, son of Alcisthenes, and Procles,
son of Theodorus, and sixty others, with two thousand heavy infantry,
against Melos, under Nicias, son of Niceratus;
wishing to reduce the Melians, who, although islanders refused to be
subjects of Athens or even to join her confederacy.
The devastation of their land not procuring their submission, the fleet,
weighing from Melos, sailed to Oropus in the territory of Graea, and landing
at nightfall, the heavy infantry started at once from the ships by land for
Tanagra in Boeotia,
where they were met by the whole levy from Athens, agreeably to a concerted
signal, under the command of Hipponicus, son of Callias, and Eurymedon, son
They encamped, and passing that day in ravaging the Tanagraean territory,
remained there for the night; and next day, after defeating those of the Tanagraeans who sallied out
against them and some Thebans who had come up to help the Tanagraeans, took
some arms, set up a trophy, and retired, the troops to the city and the
others to the ships.
Nicias with his sixty ships coasted along shore and ravaged the Locrian
seaboard, and so returned home.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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