Alcibiades finding that Tissaphernes had gone
to Aspendus, himself sailed thither with thirteen ships, promising to do a
great and certain service to the Athenians at Samos, as he would either
bring the Phoenician fleet to the Athenians, or at all events prevent its
joining the Peloponnesians.In all probability he had long known that Tissaphernes never meant to bring
the fleet at all, and wished to compromise him as much as possible in the
eyes of the Peloponnesians through his apparent friendship for himself and
the Athenians, and thus in a manner to oblige him to join their
side.While Alcibiades weighed anchor and
sailed eastward straight for Phaselis and Caunus,
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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