12.Thus he urged others;and having compelled the steersman of his own galley to run her ashore, he came to the ladders, but attempting to get down was by the Athenians put back, and after he had received many wounds, swooned;and falling upon the ledges of the galley, his buckler tumbled over into the sea.Which brought to land, the Athenians took up, and used afterwards in the trophy which they set up for this assault.
Also the rest endeavoured with much courage to come aland;but the place being ill to land in, and the Athenians not budging, they could not do it.
So that at this time fortune came so much about, that the Athenians fought from the land, Laconique land, against the Lacedaemonians in galleys;and the Lacedaemonians from their galleys fought against the Athenians, to get landing in their own now hostile territory.For at that time there was an opinion far spread, that these were rather landmen and expert in a battle of foot, and that in maritime and naval actions the other excelled.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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