Immediately after this Dercyllidas arrived by
land from Miletus; and Abydos in the Hellespont revolted to him and Pharnabazus, and Lampsacus
two days later.
Upon receipt of this news Strombichides hastily sailed from Chios with
twenty-four Athenian ships, some transports carrying heavy infantry being of
the number, and defeating the Lampsacenes who came out against him, took
Lampsacus, which was unfortified, at the first assault, and making prize of
the slaves and goods, restored the freemen to their homes, and went on to
The inhabitants, however, refusing to capitulate, and his assaults failing
to take the place, he sailed over to the coast opposite, and appointed
Sestos, the town in the Chersonese held by the Medes at a former period in
this history, as the centre for the defence of the whole Hellespont.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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