6. A Lacedaemonian, first mentioned as being sent with Epicles to Euboea, to bring away Hegesandridas and his fleet from thence, after the defeat of Mindarus at Cynossema, B. C. 411. (Thuc. 8.107
He returned with Hegesandridas to the Hellespont, where he acted as second in command (ὲπιστυγεύς
) to Mindarus during the subsequent operations. [MINDARUS].
After the decisive defeat at Cyzicus (B. C. 410), Hippocrates, on whom the chief command now devolved by the death of Mindarus, wrote to Sparta the well-known and characteristic dispatch, "Our good fortune is at an end; Mindarus is gone; the men are hungry; what to do we know not." (Xen. Hell. 1.1.23
After the arrival of Cratesippidas to take the command at the Hellespont, Hippocrates appears to have been appointed governor or harmost of Chalcedon; and when that city was attacked, in the spring of 408, by Alcibiades and Thrasyllus, he led out his troops to encounter the Athenians, but was defeated, and himself fell in the conflict. (Id. 1.3. §§ 5, 6; Diod. 13.66
; Plut. Alc. 30