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63. Aristeus, when he returned from the pursuit and perceived that the other wing of his army1 was defeated, hesitated whether he should make for Olynthus or return to Potidaea. Both courses were hazardous; but at last he determined to contract his troops into the smallest compass and force his way at full speed into Potidaea. Harassed by the missiles of the enemy he pushed forward through the water2 along the bank in front of the sea-wall, not without loss; but he contrived to save the greater part of his men. [2] When the battle began, the allies of the Potidaeans in Olynthus, which is only about seven miles3 distant, and is visible from Potidaea, seeing the signals raised, came out a little way to support their friends; and the Macedonian horse drew up in order of battle to oppose them. But victory quickly declared for the Athenians; and when the signals were torn down the Olynthian auxiliaries retired within the walls, and the Macedonians rejoined the Athenians: thus on neither side did the cavalry take any part in the action. [3] The Athenians raised a trophy and granted the Potidaeans a truce for the burial of their dead. Of the Potidaeans and their allies, there fell somewhat less than three hundred; of the Athenians, a hundred and fifty, and their general Callias.

1 The army of Aristeus is partially defeated; he succeeds in making his way back to Potidaea.

2 Cp. Herod. 8.129.

3 Sixty stadia, the stadium being reckoned at two hundred and two yards.

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