The Athenian forces at Catana now at once
sailed against Messina, in the expectation of its being betrayed to them.The intrigue, however, after all came to nothing: Alcibiades, who was in
the secret, when he left his command upon the summons from home, foreseeing
that he would be outlawed, gave information of the plot to the friends of
the Syracusans in Messina, who had at once put to death its authors, and now
rose in arms against the opposite faction with those of their way of
thinking, and succeeded in preventing the admission of the Athenians.
The latter waited for thirteen days, and then, as they were exposed to the
weather and without provisions, and met with no success, went back to Naxos,
where they made places for their ships to lie in, erected a palisade round
their camp, and retired into winter quarters; meanwhile they sent a galley to Athens for money and cavalry to join them
in the spring.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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