86.At the end of the same summer the Athenians sent twenty ships to Sicily under the
command1 of Laches the son of Melanopus, and Charoeades the son of Euphiletus.
Syracuse and Leontini were now at war with one another.All the Dorian cities, except Camarina, were in alliance with Syracuse; they were the
same which at the beginning of the war were reckoned in the Lacedaemonian confederacy,
but they had taken no active part2.The allies of the Leontines were the Chalcidian cities and Camarina.In Italy the Locrians sided with the Syracusans, and the Rhegians with the Leontines,
who were their kinsmen3.
The Leontines and their allies sent to Athens, and on the ground, partly of an old
alliance, partly of their Ionian descent, begged the Athenians to send them ships, for
they were driven off both sea and land by their Syracusan enemies.
The Athenians sent the ships, professedly on the ground of relationship, but in reality
because they did not wish the Peloponnesians to obtain corn from Sicily.Moreover they meant to try what prospect they had of getting the affairs of Sicily into
So the commanders of the fleet came to Rhegium in Italy, where they established
themselves, and carried on the war in concert with their allies.Thus the summer ended.
War in Sicily between the Syracusans and Leontines; the latter obtain assistance
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