At last, fighting hard in this fashion, the
Syracusans gained the victory, and the Athenians turned and fled between the
merchantmen to their own station.
The Syracusan ships pursued them as far as the merchantmen, where they were
stopped by the beams armed with dolphins suspended from those vessels over
Two of the Syracusan vessels went too near in the excitement of victory and
were destroyed, one of them being taken with its crew.
After sinking seven of the Athenian vessels and disabling many, and taking
most of the men prisoners and killing others, the Syracusans retired and set
up trophies for both the engagements, being now confident of having a
decided superiority by sea, and by no means despairing of equal success by
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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