After spending a great part of the day in
advancing and retreating and skirmishing with each other, without either
being able to gain any advantage worth speaking of, except that the
Syracusans sank one or two of the Athenian vessels, they parted, the land
force at the same time retiring from the lines.
The next day the Syracusans remained quiet, and gave no signs of what they
were going to do; but Nicias, seeing that the battle had been a drawn one, and expecting that
they would attack again, compelled the captains to refit any of the ships
that had suffered, and moored merchant vessels before the stockade which
they had driven into the sea in front of their ships,
to serve instead of an enclosed harbor, at about two hundred feet from each
other, in order that any ship that was hard pressed might be able to retreat
in safety and sail out again at leisure.These preparations occupied the Athenians all day until nightfall.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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