At the beginning of the following summer the Boeotians took possession of Heraclea, which after1
the battle was in a miserable plight. They dismissed Hegesippidas, the Lacedaemonian2
governor, for his misconduct3
, and occupied the place themselves. They were afraid that now, when the Lacedaemonians were embroiled in Peloponnesus, the Athenians would take it if they did not. But, for all that, the Lacedaemonians were offended.
During the same summer, Alcibiades, the son of Cleinias, now one of the Athenian generals,4
acting in concert with the Argives and their allies, led into Peloponnesus a small Athenian force of hoplites and archers. He collected other troops from the Athenian allies in the Peloponnese, and, marching with his army through the country, organised the affairs of the confederacy. Coming to Patrae, he persuaded the citizens to build walls reaching down to the sea. He was intending also to erect a fort himself on the promontory of Rhium in Achaia. But the Corinthians, Sicyonians, and others to whose interests the fort would have been injurious, came and prevented him.