25.In this strait then the Syracusians and their confederates, with somewhat more than thirty galleys, were constrained in the latter end of the day to come to a sea-fight, having been drawn forth about the passage of a certain boat to undertake sixteen galleys of Athens and eight of Rhegium, and being overcome by the Athenians, fell off with the loss of one galley and went speedily each [side] to their own camp at Messana and Rhegium;
and the night overtook them in the action.
After this the Locrians departed out of the territory of the Rhegians, and the fleet of the Syracusians and their confederates came together to an anchor at Peloris and had their land-forces by them.
But the Athenians and Rhegians came up to them and, finding their galleys empty of men, fell in amongst them;and by means of a grapnel cast into one of their galleys they lost that galley, but the men swam out.
Upon this the Syracusians went aboard, and whilst they were towed along the shore towards Messana the Athenians came up to them again;and the Syracusians, opening themselves, charged first and sunk another of their galleys.
So the Syracusians passed on to the port of Messana, having had the better in their passage by the shore and in the sea-fight, which were both together in such manner as is declared.
The Athenians, upon news that Camarina should by Archias and his complices be betrayed to the Syracusians, went thither.In the meantime the Messanians, with their whole power by land and also with their fleet, warred on Naxos, a Chalcidique city and their borderer.
The first day, having forced the Naxians to retire within their walls, they spoiled their fields;the next day they sent their fleet about into the river Acesine, which spoiled the country [as it went up the river], and with their land-forces assaulted the city.
In the meantime many of the Siculi, mountaineers, came down to their assistance against the Messanians, which when they of Naxos perceived, they took heart and, encouraging themselves with an opinion that the Leontines and all the rest of the Grecians their confederates had come to succour them, sallied suddenly out of the city and charged upon the Messanians and put them to flight with the slaughter of a thousand of their soldiers, and the rest hardly escaping home.
For the barbarians fell upon them and slew the most part of them in the highways.And the galleys that lay at Messana not long after divided themselves and went to their several homes.Hereupon the Leontines and their confederates, together with the Athenians, marched presently against Messana, as being now weakened, and assaulted it, the Athenians with their fleet by the haven and the land-forces at the wall to the field.
But the Messanians and certain Locrians with Demoteles, who after this loss had been left there in garrison, issuing forth and falling suddenly upon them, put a great part of the Leontines' army to flight and slew many.But the Athenians, seeing that, disbarked and relieved them and, coming upon the Messanians now in disorder, chased them again into the city.
Then they erected a trophy and put over to Rhegium.After this, the Grecians of Sicily warred one upon another without the Athenians.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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