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117. Meanwhile the Samians made a sudden sally, and attacking the naval station of the Athenians1 which was unprotected, destroyed the guard-ships and engaged and defeated the other vessels which put out to meet them. During some fourteen days they were masters of the sea about their own coasts, and carried in and out whatever they pleased. [2] But when Pericles returned, they were2 again closely blockaded; and there soon arrived from Athens forty additional ships under3 Thucydides, Hagnon, and Phormio, twenty more under Tlepolemus and Anticles, and thirty from Chios and Lesbos. [3] The Samians made a feeble attempt at a sea-fight, but soon they were unable to resist, and after nine months were forced to surrender. The terms of capitulation were as follows:—They were to raze their walls, give hostages, surrender their ships, and pay a full indemnity by regular instalments. The Byzantians too made terms and became subjects as before.

1 Temporary success and final subjection of the Samians.

2 B.C. 439.

3 The Byzantians also submit.

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