After this they engaged in the following way.The Athenians formed in column and sailed close along shore to Sestos; upon perceiving which the Peloponnesians put out from Abydos to meet them.
Realising that a battle was now imminent, both combatants extended their
flank; the Athenians along the Chersonese from Idacus to Arrhiani with seventy-six
ships; the Peloponnesians from Abydos to Dardanus with eighty-six.
The Peloponnesian right wing was occupied by the Syracusans, their left by
Mindarus in person with the best sailors in the navy; the Athenian left by Thrasyllus, their right by Thrasybulus, the other
commanders being in different parts of the fleet.
The Peloponnesians hastened to engage first, and outflanking with their
left the Athenian right sought to cut them off, if possible, from sailing
out of the straits, and to drive their centre upon the shore, which was not
far off.The Athenians perceiving their intention extended their own wing and
while their left had by this time passed the point of Cynossema.This, however, obliged them to thin and weaken their centre, especially as
they had fewer ships than the enemy, and as the coast round Point Cynossema
formed a sharp angle which prevented their seeing what was going on on the
other side of it.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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