In my opinion this action was in no way inferior to any
of the battles fought by the Athenians in former times; for neither the victory at Marathon nor
the success over the Persians at Plataea
other renowned exploits of the Athenians seem in any way to surpass the victory which Myronides
won over the Boeotians.
For of those other battles, some were
fought against barbarians and others were gained with the aid of allies, but this struggle was
won by the Athenians single-handed in pitched battle, and they were pitted against the bravest
warriors to be found among the Greeks.
For in staunchness in
the face of perils and in the fierce contests of war the Boeotians are generally believed to be
surpassed by no other people; at any rate, sometime after this the Thebans at Leuctra and
when they unaided confronted
all the Lacedaemonians and their allies, won for themselves the highest reputation for courage,
and contrary to expectation became the leading nation of all Greece
And yet, although this battle of
Myronides has become famous, none of our historians has described either the way it was fought
or the disposition of the troops engaged in it.2
Myronides, then, after defeating the Boeotians in a remarkable battle, came to
rival the reputations of the most renowned commanders before his time, namely, Themistocles,
Miltiades, and Cimon.
Myronides after this victory took
by siege, levelled its walls, and then he
passed through all Boeotia
, breaking it up and
and dividing the booty
among his soldiers he loaded them all down with spoil in abundance.