About the same time the Camarinaeans also
came to the assistance of Syracuse with five hundred heavy infantry, three
hundred darters and as many archers, while the Geloans sent crews for five
ships, four hundred darters and two hundred horse.
Indeed almost the whole of Sicily, except the Agrigentines, who were
neutral, now ceased merely to watch events as it had hitherto done, and
actively joined Syracuse against the Athenians.
While the Syracusans after the Sicel disaster
put off any immediate attack upon the Athenians, Demosthenes and Eurymedon,
whose forces from Corcyra and the continent were now ready, crossed the
Ionian gulf with all their armament to the Iapygian promontory,
and starting from thence touched at the Choerades Isles lying off Iapygia,
where they took on board a hundred and fifty Iapygian darters of the
Messapian tribe, and after renewing an old friendship with Artas the chief,
who had furnished them with the darters, arrived at Metapontium in Italy.
Here they persuaded their allies the Metapontines, to send with them three
hundred darters and two galleys, and with this reinforcement coasted on to
Thurii, where they found the party hostile to Athens recently expelled by a
and accordingly remained there to muster and review the whole army, to see
if any had been left behind, and to prevail upon the Thurians resolutely to
join them in their expedition, and in the circumstances in which they found
themselves to conclude a defensive and offensive alliance with the
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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