But the Illyrians obtained a reinforcement of seven
decked ships from the Acarnanians, in virtue of their treaty with
that people, and, putting to sea, engaged the Achaean fleet off
the islands called Paxi.
Defeat of the Achaean ships.
The Acarnanian and Achaean ships
fought without victory declaring for either, and
without receiving any further damage than
having some of their crew wounded. But the
Illyrians lashed their galleys four together, and, caring nothing
for any damage that might happen to them, grappled with the
enemy by throwing their galleys athwart their prows and encouraging them to charge; when the enemies' prows struck
them, and got entangled by the lashed-together galleys
getting hitched on to their forward gear, the Illyrians leaped
upon the decks of the Achaean ships and captured them
by the superior number of their armed men. In this way
they took four triremes, and sunk one quinquereme with
all hands, on board of which Margos of Caryneia was sailing,
who had all his life served the Achaean league with complete
integrity. The vessels engaged with the Acarnanians, seeing
the triumphant success of the Illyrians, and trusting to their
own speed, hoisted their sails to the wind and effected their
voyage home without further disaster.
The Illyrians, on the
other hand, filled with self-confidence by their success, continued their siege of the town in high spirits, and without
putting themselves to any unnecessary trouble; while the
Corcyreans, reduced to despair of safety by
what had happened, after sustaining the siege
for a short time longer, made terms with the Illyrians, consenting to receive a garrison, and with it Demetrius of Pharos.
After this had been settled, the Illyrian admirals put to sea
again; and, having arrived at Epidamnus
, once more set about
besieging that town.