41.But in the meantime came the messenger from the twentyseven galleys and from the Lacedaemonian counsellors that were come to Caunus.Astyochus, therefore, esteeming the wafting in of these galleys, whereby they might the more freely command the sea, and the safe coming in of those Lacedaemonians, who were to look into his actions, a business that ought to be preferred above all other, presently gave over his journey for Chios and went towards Caunus.
As he went by the coast, he landed at Cos Meropidis, being unwalled and thrown down by an earthquake which had happened there, the greatest verily in man's memory, and rifled it, the inhabitants being fled into the mountains;and overrunning the country, made booty of all that came in his way, saving of freemen, and those he dismissed.
From Cos he went by night to Cnidus, but found it necessary, by the advice of the Cnidians, not to land his men there, but to follow as he was after those twenty galleys of Athens, wherewith Charminus, one of the Athenian generals gone out from Samos, stood watching for those twenty-seven galleys that were come from Peloponnesus, the same that Astyochus himself was going to convoy in.
For they at Samos had had intelligence from Miletus of their coming;and Charminus was lying for them about Syme, Chalce, Rhodes, and the coast of Lycia;for by this time he knew that they were at Caunus.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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