With this brief address Brasidas began to
lead off his army.Seeing this, the barbarians came on with much shouting and hubbub, thinking
that he was flying and that they would over take him and cut him off.
But wherever they charged they found the young men ready to dash out
against them, while Brasidas with his picked company sustained their onset.Thus the Peloponnesians withstood the first attack, to the surprise of the
enemy, and afterwards received and repulsed them as fast as they came on,
retiring as soon as their opponents became quiet.The main body of the barbarians ceased therefore to molest the Hellenes
with Brasidas in the open country, and leaving behind a certain number to
harass their march, the rest went on after the flying Macedonians, slaying
those with whom they came up, and so arrived in time to occupy the narrow
pass between two hills that leads into the country of Arrhabaeus.They knew that this was the only way by which Brasidas could retreat, and
now proceeded to surround him just as he entered the most impracticable part
of the road, in order to cut him off.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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