The Messenians, however, adhered to their
original advice.Assuring Demosthenes that the Aetolians were an easy conquest, they urged
him to push on as rapidly as possible, and to try to take the villages as
fast as he came up to them, without waiting until the whole nation should be
in arms against him.
Led on by his advisers and trusting in his fortune, as he had met with no
opposition, without waiting for his Locrian reinforcements, who were to have
supplied him with the light-armed darters in which he was most deficient, he
advanced and stormed Aegitium, the inhabitants flying before him and posting
themselves upon the hills above the town, which stood on high ground about
nine miles from the sea.
Meanwhile the Aetolians had gathered to the rescue, and now attacked the
Athenians and their allies, running down from the hills on every side and
darting their javelins, falling back when the Athenian army advanced, and
coming on as it retired; and for a long while the battle was of this character, alternate advance
and retreat, in both which operations the Athenians had the worst.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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