Winter was now drawing towards its close,
when the Boeotians took Oropus by treachery, though held by an Athenian
garrison.Their accomplices in this were some of the Eretrians and of the Oropians
themselves, who were plotting the revolt of Euboea, as the place was exactly
opposite Eretria, and while in Athenian hands was necessarily a source of
great annoyance to Eretria and the rest of Euboea.
Oropus being in their hands, the Eretrians now came to Rhodes to invite the
Peloponnesians into Euboea.The latter, however, were rather bent on the relief of the distressed
Chians, and accordingly put out to sea and sailed with all their ships from
Off Triopium they sighted the Athenian fleet out at sea sailing from
Chalce, and neither attacking the other, arrived, the latter at Samos, the
Peloponnesians at Miletus, seeing that it was no longer possible to relieve
Chios without a battle.And this winter ended, and with it ended the twentieth year of this war of
which Thucydides is the historian.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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