At the moment when the hopes of the Syracusans had raised their spirits high because
of their victory over the enemy both by land and by sea, Eurymedon and Demosthenes arrived,
having sailed there from Athens
with a great force
and gathered on the way allied troops from the Thurians and Messapians.
They brought more than eighty triremes and five thousand soldiers,
excluding the crews; and they also conveyed on merchant vessels arms and money as well as siege
machines and every other kind of equipment. As a result the hopes of the Syracusans were dashed
again, since they believed that they could not now readily find the means to bring themselves
up to equality with the enemy.
Demosthenes persuaded his fellow commanders to assault Epipolae, for it was impossible by any
other means to wall off the city, and taking ten thousand hoplites and as many more light-armed
troops, he attacked the Syracusans by night. Since the assault had not been expected, they
overpowered some forts, and breaking into the fortifications of Epipole threw down a part of
But when the Syracusans ran together to the scene
from every quarter and Hermocrates also came to the aid with the picked troops, the Athenians
were forced out and, it being night, because of their unfamiliarity with the region were
scattered some to one place and others to another.
Syracusans and their allies, pursuing after them, slew two thousand five hundred of the enemy,
wounded not a few, and captured much armour.
And after the
battle the Syracusans dispatched Sicanus, one of their generals, with twelve1
triremes to the other cities, both to announce the victory to the allies and to ask them for