While the Athenians were busying themselves with these matters, Mindarus, the
Lacedaemonian commander, was himself fighting with Alcibiades for the ships that were being
dragged off, and he dispatched Clearchus the Spartan with a part of the Peloponnesians against
the troops with Thrasybulus; and with him he also sent the mercenaries in the army of
Thrasybulus with the marines and archers at first
stoutly withstood the enemy, and though he slew many of them, he also saw not a few of his own
men falling; but when the mercenaries of Pharnabazus were surrounding the Athenians and were
crowding about them in great numbers from every direction, Theramenes appeared, leading both
his own troops and the infantry with Chaereas.
troops of Thrasybulus were exhausted and had given up hope of rescue, their spirits were
suddenly revived again when reinforcements so strong were at hand.
An obstinate battle which lasted a long time ensued; but at first the mercenaries of
Pharnabazus began to withdraw and the continuity of their battle line was broken; and finally
the Peloponnesians who had been left behind with Clearchus, after having both inflicted and
suffered much punishment, were expelled.
Now that the Peloponnesians had been defeated, the troops of Theramenes
rushed to give aid to the soldiers who had been fighting under Alcibiades. Although the forces
had rapidly assembled at one point, Mindarus was not dismayed at the attack of Theramenes, but,
after dividing the Peloponnesians, with half of them he met the advancing enemy, while with the
other half which he himself commanded, first calling upon each soldier not to disgrace the fair
name of Sparta
, and that too in a fight on land, he
formed a line against the troops of Alcibiades.
He put up a
heroic battle about the ships, fighting in person before all his troops, but though he slew
many of the opponents, in the end he was killed by the troops of Alcibiades as he battled nobly
for his fatherland. When he had fallen, both the Peloponnesians and all the allies banded
together and broke into terror-stricken flight.
pursued the enemy for a distance, but when they learned that Pharnabazus was hurrying up at
full speed with a strong force of cavalry, they returned to the ships, and after they had taken
they set up two trophies for the two victories, one for the
sea-battle at the island of Polydorus, as it is called, and one for the land-battle where they
forced the first flight of the enemy.
Now the Peloponnesians
in the city and all the fugitives from the battle fled to the camp of Pharnabazus; and the
Athenian generals not only captured all the ships but they also took many prisoners and an
immeasurable quantity of booty, since they had won the victory at the same time over two
armaments of such size.2