95.He was influenced by his regard for the Messenians, and still more by the consideration
that1 without reinforcements from Athens, and with no other help than that of the
allies on the mainland, to whom he hoped to add the Aetolians, he could make his way by
land to attack Boeotia.He might proceed through the Ozolian Locri to the Dorian Cytinium, keeping Mount
Parnassus on the right, until he came down upon the Phocians.They would probably be eager to join in the expedition because they had always been
friendly to Athens, or, if unwilling, they might be coerced; and once in Phocis he would
be on the borders of Boeotia.
So he left Leucas with all his army, much against the will of the Acarnanians, and
sailed to Sollium.He there communicated his design to them, but they would not accompany him because he
had refused to blockade Leucas; so with the remainder of his army, which consisted of
Cephallenians, Messenians, Zacynthians, and three hundred marines belonging to the
Athenian fleet2, the fifteen Corcyraean
vessels having left, he marched against the Aetolians, starting from Oeneon in Locris.
The Ozolian Locrians were allies of the Athenians, and they were to meet
him with their whole force in the interior of the country.They dwelt on the border of the Aetolians, and as they were armed in a similar manner
and knew their country and ways of fighting, their help in the expedition seemed likely
to be very valuable.
He determines to make his way through Aetolia and Phocis into Boeotia, which he
hopes to attack with an allied force.
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