During this time the Athenians were not idle.Simultaneously with the fortification of Decelea, at the very beginning of
spring, they sent thirty ships round Peloponnese, under Charicles, son of
Apollodorus, with instructions to call at Argos and demand a force of their
heavy infantry for the fleet, agreeably to the alliance.At the same time they despatched Demosthenes to Sicily,
as they had intended, with sixty Athenian and five Chian vessels, twelve
hundred Athenian heavy infantry from the muster-roll, and as many of the
islanders as could be raised in the different quarters, drawing upon the
other subject allies for whatever they could supply that would be of use for
the war.Demosthenes was instructed first to sail round with Charicles and to
operate with him upon the coasts of Laconia,
and accordingly sailed to Aegina and there waited for the remainder of his
armament, and for Charicles to fetch the Argive troops.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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