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52. But meanwhile news came from Camarina that if they would go thither the Camarinaeans1 would join them. They also heard that the Syracusans were manning a navy. So they sailed with their whole force first to Syracuse, but they found that there was no fleet in preparation; they then passed on to Camarina, and putting in to the open beach they sent a herald to the city. The citizens would not receive them, declaring that their oath2 bound them not to receive the Athenians if they came with more than one ship, unless they themselves sent for a greater number. [2] So they sailed away without effecting their purpose. They then disembarked on a part of the Syracusan territory, which they ravaged. But a few Syracusan horse coming up killed some of their light-armed troops who were straggling. They then returned to Catana.

1 The Athenians sail first to Syracuse, which has as yet no feet; then to Camarina, but they are not received there.

2 Cp. 4.65 init.

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