After refitting their ships, Gylippus and
Pythen coasted along from Tarentum to Epizephyrian Locris.They now received the more correct information that Syracuse was not yet
completely invested, but that it was still possible for an army arriving by
Epipolae to effect an entrance; and they consulted, accordingly, whether they should keep Sicily on their
right and risk sailing in by sea, or leaving it on their left, should first
sail to Himera, and taking with them the Himeraeans and any others that
might agree to join them, go to Syracuse by land.
Finally they determined to sail for Himera, especially as the four Athenian
ships which Nicias had at length sent off, on hearing that they were at
Locris, had not yet arrived at Rhegium.Accordingly, before these reached their post, the Peloponnesians crossed
the strait, and after touching at Rhegium and Messina, came to Himera.
Arrived there, they persuaded the Himeraeans to join in the war, and not
only to go with them themselves but to provide arms for the seamen from
their vessels which they had drawn ashore at Himera; and they sent and appointed a place for the Selinuntines to meet them with
all their forces.
A few troops were also promised by the Geloans and some of the Sicels, who
were now ready to join them with much greater alacrity, owing to the recent
death of Archonidas, a powerful Sicel king in that neighborhood and friendly
to Athens, and owing also to the vigor shown by Gylippus in coming from
Gylippus now took with him about seven hundred of his sailors and marines,
that number only having arms, a thousand heavy infantry and light troops
from Himera with a body of a hundred horse, some light troops and cavalry
from Selinus, a few Geloans, and Sicels numbering a thousand in all, and set
out on his march for Syracuse.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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