The next summer, at the very beginning of the
season, the Athenians in Sicily put out from Catana, and sailed along shore
to Megara in Sicily, from which, as I have mentioned above, the Syracusans
expelled the inhabitants in the time of their tyrant Gelo, themselves
occupying the territory.
Here the Athenians landed and laid waste the country, and after an
unsuccessful attack upon a fort of the Syracusans, went on with the fleet
and army to the river Terias, and advancing inland laid waste the plain and
set fire to the corn; and after killing some of a small Syracusan party which they encountered,
and setting up a trophy, went back again to their ships.
They now sailed to Catana and took in provisions there, and going with
their whole force against Centoripa, a town of the Sicels, acquired it by
capitulation, and departed, after also burning the corn of the Inessaens and
Upon their return to Catana they found the horsemen arrived from Athens, to
the number of two hundred and fifty （with their equipments, but
without their horses which were to be procured upon the spot）, and
thirty mounted archers and three hundred talents of silver.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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