While the contending parties in Sicily were
thus engaged, Demosthenes, having now got together the armament with which
he was to go to the island, put out from Aegina, and making sail for
Peloponnese, joined Charicles and the thirty ships of the Athenians.Taking on board the heavy infantry from Argos they sailed to Laconia,
and after first plundering part of Epidarus Limera, landed on the coast of
Laconia, opposite Cythera, where the temple of Apollo stands, and laying
waste part of the country, fortified a sort of isthmus, to which the Helots
of the Lacedaemonians might desert, and from whence plundering incursions
might be made as from Pylos.
Demosthenes helped to occupy this place, and then immediately sailed on to
Corcyra to take up some of the allies in that island, and so to proceed
without delay to Sicily; while Charicles waited until he had completed the fortification of the
place, and leaving a garrison there, returned home subsequently with his
thirty ships and the Argives also.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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