14.The Athenians, understanding this, came in violently upon them at both the mouths of the haven, and most of the Lacedaemonian galleys, which were already set out and opposed them, they charged and put to flight;and in following the chase, which was but short, they brake many of them and took five, whereof one with all her men in her;and they fell in also with them that fled to the shore.And the galleys which were but in manning out were torn and rent before they could put off from the land.Others they tied to their own galleys and towed them away empty.
Which the Lacedaemonians perceiving, and extremely grieved with the loss, because their fellows were hereby intercepted in the island, came in with their aid [from the land], and entering armed into the sea took hold of the galleys with their hands to have pulled them back again, every one conceiving the business to proceed the worse wherein himself was not present.
So there arose a great affray about the galleys, and such as was contrary to the manner of them both.For the Lacedaemonians, out of eagerness and out of fear, did (as one may say) nothing else but make a sea-fight from the land;and the Athenians, who had the victory and desired to extend their present fortune to the utmost, made a land-fight from their galleys.
But at length, having wearied and wounded each other, they fell asunder;and the Lacedaemonians recovered all their galleys, save only those which were taken at the first onset.
When they were on both sides retired to their camps, the Athenians erected a trophy, delivered to the enemy their dead, and possessed the wreck, and immediately went round the island with their galleys, keeping watch upon it as having intercepted the men within it.The Peloponnesians, in the meantime, that were in the continent and were by this time assembled there with their succours from all parts of Peloponnesus, remained upon the place at Pylus.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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