After this convention Therimenes handed over
the fleet to Astyochus, sailed off in a small boat, and was lost.
The Athenian armament had now crossed over from Lesbos to Chios, and being
master by sea and land began to fortify Delphinium, a place naturally strong
on the land side, provided with more than one harbour, and also not far from
the city of Chios.
Meanwhile the Chians remained inactive.Already defeated in so many battles, they were now also at discord among
themselves; the execution of the party of Tydeus, son of Ion, by Pedaritus upon the
charge of Atticism, followed by the forcible imposition of an oligarchy upon
the rest of the city, having made them suspicious of one another; and they therefore thought neither themselves nor the mercenaries under
Pedaritus a match for the enemy.
They sent, however, to Miletus to beg Astyochus to assist them, which he
refused to do, and was accordingly denounced at Lacedaemon by Pedaritus as a
Such was the state of the Athenian affairs at Chios; while their fleet at Samos kept sailing out against the enemy in Miletus,
until they found that he would not accept their challenge, and then retired
again to Samos and remained quiet.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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