To this plan Demosthenes consented, not only
to please the Messenians, but also in the belief that by adding the
Aetolians to his other continental allies he would be able, without aid from
home, to march against the Boeotians by way of Ozolian Locris to Kytinium in
Doris, keeping Parnassus on his right until he descended to the Phocians,
whom he could force to join him if their ancient friendship for Athens did
not, as he anticipated, at once decide them to do so.Arrived in Phocis he was already upon the frontier of Boeotia.
He accordingly weighed from Leucas, against the wish of the Acarnanians,
and with his whole armament sailed along the coast to Sollium, where he
communicated to them his intention; and upon their refusing to agree to it on account of the non-investment of
Leucas, himself with the rest of the forces, the Cephallenians, the
Messenians, and Zacynthians, and three hundred Athenian marines from his own
ships （the fifteen Corcyraean vessels having departed）,
started on his expedition against the Aetolians.
His base he established at Oeneon in Locris, as the Ozolian Locrians were
allies of Athens and were to meet him with all their forces in the interior.Being neighbors of the Aetolians and armed in the same way, it was thought
that they would be of great service upon the expedition, from their
acquaintance with the localities and the warfare of the inhabitants.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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