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26. But meanwhile, late in the afternoon, news was brought to them that a fleet of fifty-five ships1 from Peloponnesus and Sicily was close at hand. Hermocrates the Syracusan had urged the Sicilians to assist in completing the overthrow of Athens. Twenty ships came from Syracuse, two from Selinus, and with them the Peloponnesian ships which had been in preparation2. The two squadrons were entrusted to Theramenes, who was to conduct them to Astyochus the admiral. They sailed first to Leros3, an island lying off Miletus. [2] Thence, finding that the Athenians were at Miletus, they sailed away to the Iasian Gulf, wanting to ascertain the fate of the town. [3] Alcibiades came on horseback to Teichiussa in the Milesian territory, the point of the gulf at which the fleet had passed the night, and from him they received news of the battle. For he had been present, and had fought on the side of the Milesians and Tissaphernes. And he recommended them, if they did not mean to ruin their cause in Ionia and everywhere else, to assist Miletus at once, and break up the blockade.

1 Approach of thirty-three Peloponnesian and twenty-two Sicilian vessels under Hermocrates. Alcibiades advises them, to go instantly to the relief of Miletus.

2 Cp. 8.6 fin.

3 According to the reading of the Vatican MS. adopted by Bekker: cp. infra, 27 init. Other MSS.῎ελεον, a name otherwise unknown.

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