About the same time the Peloponnesians in the
twenty-five ships stationed opposite to the squadron at Naupactus to protect
the passage of the transports to Sicily, had got ready for engaging, and
manning some additional vessels, so as to be numerically little inferior to
the Athenians, anchored off Erineus in Achaia in the Rhypic country.
The place off which they lay being in the form of a crescent, the land
forces furnished by the Corinthians and their allies on the spot, came up
and ranged themselves upon the projecting headlands on either side, while
the fleet, under the command of Polyanthes, a Corinthian, held the
intervening space and blocked up the entrance.
The Athenians under Diphilus now sailed out against them with thirty-three
ships from Naupactus,
and the Corinthians, at first not moving, at length thought they saw their
opportunity, raised the signal, and advanced and engaged the Athenians.
After an obstinate struggle, the Corinthians lost three ships, and without
sinking any altogether, disabled seven of the enemy, which were struck prow
to prow and had their foreships stoven in by the Corinthian vessels, whose
cheeks had been strengthened for this very purpose.
After an action of this even character, in which either party could claim
the victory （although the Athenians became masters of the wrecks
through the wind driving them out to sea, the Corinthians not putting out
again to meet them） the two combatants parted.No pursuit took place, and no prisoners were made on either side; the Corinthians and Peloponnesians who were fighting near the shore
escaping with ease, and none of the Athenian vessels having been sunk.
The Athenians now sailed back to Naupactus, and the Corinthians immediately
set up a trophy as victors, because they had disabled a greater number of
the enemy's ships.Moreover they held that they had not been worsted, for the very same reason
that their opponent held that he had not been victorious; the Corinthians considering that they were conquerors, if not decidedly
conquered, and the Athenians thinking themselves vanquished, because not
However, when the Peloponnesians sailed off and their land forces had
dispersed, the Athenians also set up a trophy as victors in Achaia, about
two miles and a quarter from Erineus, the Corinthian station.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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