In the same winter the twenty-seven ships
equipped by the Lacedaemonians for Pharnabazus through the agency of the
Megarian Calligeitus, and the Cyzicene Timagoras, put out from Peloponnese
and sailed for Ionia about the time of the solstice, under the command of
Antisthenes, a Spartan.
With them the Lacedaemonians also sent eleven Spartans as advisers to
Astyochus; Lichas, son of Arcesilaus, being among the number.Arrived at Miletus, their orders were to aid in generally superintending
the good conduct of the war; to send off the above ships or a greater or less number to the Hellespont
to Pharnabazus, if they thought proper, appointing Clearchus, son of
Ramphias, who sailed with them, to the command; and further, if they thought proper, to make Antisthenes admiral,
dismissing Astyochus, whom the letters of Pedaritus had caused to be
regarded with suspicion.
Sailing accordingly from Malea across the open sea, the squadron touched at
Melos and there fell in with ten Athenian ships, three of which they took
empty and burned.After this, being afraid that the Athenian vessels escaped from Melos
might, as they in fact did, give information of their approach to the
Athenians at Samos, they sailed to Crete, and having lengthened their voyage
by way of precaution made land at Caunus in Asia,
from whence considering themselves in safety they sent a message to the
fleet at Miletus for a convoy along the coast.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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