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88. Alcibiades, when he learned that Tissaphernes was going to Aspendus, sailed thitherward himself1 with thirteen ships, promising the army at Samos that he would not fail to do them a great service. He would either bring the Phoenician ships to the Athenians, or, at any rate, make sure that they did not join the Peloponnesians. He had probably known all along the real mind of Tissaphernes, and that he never meant to bring them at all. He wanted further to injure him as much as possible in the opinion of the Peloponnesians when they observed how friendly Tissaphernes was towards himself and the Athenians; their distrust would compel him to change sides. So he set sail and went on his voyage eastward, making directly for Phaselis and Caunus.

1 Alcibiades, knowing that Tissaphernes never intended to bring up the Phoenician fleet, promise to keep it back.

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