Gylippus, meanwhile, went on with the wall
across Epipolae, using the stones which the Athenians had laid down for
their own wall, and at the same time constantly led out the Syracusans and
their allies, and formed them in order of battle in front of the lines, the
Athenians forming against him.
At last he thought that the moment was come, and began the attack; and a hand-to-hand fight ensued between the lines, where the Syracusan
cavalry could be of no use;
and the Syracusans and their allies were defeated and took up their dead
under truce, while the Athenians erected a trophy.After this Gylippus called the soldiers together, and said that the fault
was not theirs but his; he had kept their lines too much within the works, and had thus deprived
them of the services of their cavalry and darters.
He would now, therefore, lead them on a second time.He begged them to remember that in material force they would be fully a
match for their opponents, while with respect to moral advantages, it were
intolerable if Peloponnesians and Dorians should not feel confident of
overcoming Ionians and islanders with the motley rabble that accompanied
them, and of driving them out of the country.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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