The same winter the Lacedaemonian Hippocrates
sailed out from Peloponnese with ten Thurian ships under the command of
Dorieus, son of Diagoras, and two colleagues, one Laconian and one Syracusan
vessel, and arrived at Cnidus, which had already revolted at the instigation
When their arrival was known at Miletus, orders came to them to leave half
their squadron to guard Cnidus, and with the rest to cruise round Triopium
and seize all the merchantmen arriving from Egypt.Triopium is a promontory of Cnidus and sacred to Apollo.
This coming to the knowledge of the Athenians, they sailed from Samos and
captured the six ships on the watch at Triopium, the crews escaping out of
them.After this the Athenians sailed into Cnidus and made an assault upon the
town, which was unfortified, and all but took it;
and the next day assaulted it again, but with less effect, as the
inhabitants had improved their defences during the night, and had been
reinforced by the crews escaped from the ships at Triopium.The Athenians now withdrew, and after plundering the Cnidian territory
sailed back to Samos.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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