Upon this Astyochus took five Corinthian and
one Megarian vessel, with another from Hermione, and the ships which had
come with him from Laconia, and set sail for Miletus to assume his command
as admiral; after telling the Chians with many threats that he would certainly not come
and help them if they should be in need.
At Corycus in the Erythraeid he brought to for the night; the Athenian armament sailing from Samos against Chios being only separated
from him by a hill, upon the other side of which it brought to; so that neither perceived the other.
But a letter arriving in the night from Pedaritus to say that some
liberated Erythraean prisoners had come from Samos to betray Erythrae,
Astyochus at once put back to Erythrae, and so just escaped falling in with
Here Pedaritus sailed over to join him; and after inquiry into the pretended treachery, finding that the whole
story had been made up to procure the escape of the men from Samos, they
acquitted them of the charge, and sailed away, Pedaritus to Chios and
Astyochus to Miletus, as he had intended.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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