previous next
50. The Corinthians, having put to flight their enemies, never stopped to take in tow the hulls of the vessels which they had disabled, but fell upon the men; they rowed up and down and slew them, giving no quarter, and unintentionally killing their own friends; for they were not aware that their right wing had been defeated. [2] There were so many ships on one side and on the other, and they covered so great an extent of water, that, when the engagement had once begun, it was hard among conquerors and conquered to distinguish friend from foe. For never before had two Hellenic navies so numerous met in battle.

[3] When the Corinthians had chased the Corcyraeans to the shore, they turned their attention to their own wrecks and the bodies of their dead. Most of these were recovered by them and conveyed to Sybota, a desert harbour of Thesprotia, whither their barbarian allies had come to support them. [4] They then formed afresh and once more made a movement towards the Corcyraeans, who, taking such vessels as had not been disabled, and any others which they had in their docks, together with the Athenian ships, put out to meet them, dreading a descent upon Corcyra. [5] It was now late in the day and the Paean had been already sounded for the onset, when the Corinthians suddenly began to row astern. They had described sailing towards them twenty vessels which the Athenians had sent to reinforce the former ten, fearing1 what had actually happened, that the Corcyraeans would be defeated, and that the original squadron would be insufficient to protect them.

1 Sudden appearance of twenty Athenian ships.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Notes (Charles D. Morris)
load focus Notes (E.C. Marchant)
load focus Greek (1942)
load focus English (1910)
load focus English (Thomas Hobbes, 1843)
hide References (56 total)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: