During the same time Phormio, the Athenian general, with twenty triremes fell in with
forty-seven Lacedaemonian warships. And engaging them in battle he sank the flag-ship of the
enemy and put many of the rest of the ships out of action, capturing twelve together with their
crews and pursuing the remaining as far as the land.1
The Lacedaemonians, after having suffered defeat contrary to their
expectations, fled for safety with the ships which were left them to Patrae
sea battle took place off Rhium,2
as it is called. The Athenians set up a trophy, dedicated a ship
to Poseidon at the strait,3
and then sailed off to the city of Naupactus
, which was in their alliance.
The Lacedaemonians sent other ships to Patrae
. These ships joined to themselves the triremes which had survived the
battle and assembled at Rhium, and also the land force of the Peloponnesians met them at the
same place and pitched camp near the fleet.
having become puffed up with pride over the victory he had just won, had the daring to attack
the ships of the enemy, although they far outnumbered his4
; and some of them he sank, though losing ships of his own, so
that the victory he won was equivocal. After this, when the Athenians had dispatched twenty
the Lacedaemonians sailed off in fear to
, not daring to offer battle.
These, then, were the events of this year.