In the meantime, as the march before the
Syracusans was a long one, the Athenians quietly sate down their army in a
convenient position, where they could begin an engagement when they pleased,
and where the Syracusan cavalry would have least opportunity of annoying
them, either before or during the action, being fenced off on one side by
walls, houses, trees, and by a marsh, and on the other by cliffs.
They also felled the neighbouring trees and carried them down to the sea,
and formed a palisade alongside of their ships, and with stones which they
picked up and wood hastily raised a fort at Daskon, the most vulnerable
point of their position, and broke down the bridge over the Anapus.
These preparations were allowed to go on without any interruption from the
city, the first hostile force to appear being the Syracusan cavalry,
followed afterwards by all the foot together.At first they came close up to the Athenian army, and then, finding that
they did not offer to engage, crossed the Helorine road and encamped for the
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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