When Euphemus was archon in Athens
, in Rome
place of consuls military tribunes were elected, Lucius Furius, Lucius Quinctius, and Aulus
Sempronius. In this year the Lacedaemonians and their allies took the field against Argolis
and captured the stronghold of Hysiae,2
and slaying the inhabitants they razed the fortress to the ground; and
when they learned that the Argives had completed the construction of the long walls clear to
they advanced there, razed the walls that had been finished, and then
made their way back home.
Athenians chose Alcibiades general, and giving him twenty ships commanded him to assist the
Argives in establishing the affairs of their government; for conditions were still unsettled
among them because many still remained of those who preferred the aristocracy.
So when Alcibiades had arrived at the city of the Argives and had
consulted with the supporters of the democracy, he selected those Argives who were considered
to be the strongest adherents of the Lacedaemonian cause; these he removed from the city,4
and when he had assisted in establishing the democracy on a firm basis, he
sailed back to Athens
Toward the end of the year the Lacedaemonians invaded
with a strong force, and after ravaging a
large part of the country they settled the exiles from Argos
; this place they
fortified as a stronghold against Argolis
, and leaving
in it a strong garrison, they ordered it to harass the Argives.
But when the Lacedaemonians had withdrawn from Argolis
, the Athenians dispatched to the Argives a supporting force of forty
triremes and twelve hundred hoplites. The Argives then advanced against Orneae together with
the Athenians and took the city by storm, and of the garrison and exiles some they put to death
and others they expelled from Orneae.
These, then, were the
events of the fifteenth year of the Peloponnesian War.