Not long afterwards the Athenians were joined by three hundred Egestaean horsemen, and about a hundred more furnished by the1
Sicels, Naxians, and others. They had two hundred and fifty of their own, for some of whom they received horses from the Egestaeans and Catanaeans; other horses they bought. The whole number of their cavalry was now raised to six hundred and fifty.
They placed a garrison in Labdalum and went down to Syce, where they took up a position and immediately commenced building2
a wall round the city3
. The Syracusans were amazed at the celerity of the work. They saw that they must interfere, and made up their minds to go out and fight.
The two armies were already preparing to engage when the Syrawhen the Syracusan generals, seeing that their forces were in disorder and were forming with difficulty, led them back into the city, all but a detachment of the cavalry, who, remaining on the spot, prevented their opponents from gathering stones for the wall, and compelled them to keep together.
At length, advancing with one division of their hoplites and all their cavalry, the Athenians attacked the Syracusan horse, whom they put to flight, and killed some of them; they then erected a trophy.