After they had remained in the villages eight days, they went on the river Phasis.
Here they passed four days and then made their way through the territory of the Chaoi1
and the Phasians. When the natives attacked them, they defeated
them in battle, slaying great numbers of them, seized their farms, which abounded in
provisions, and spent fifteen days on them.
advance from here, they then traversed the territory of the Chaldaeans, as they are called, in
seven days and arrived at the river named Harpagus, which was four plethra wide. From here
their advance brought them through the territory of the Scytini by a road across a plain, on
which they refreshed themselves for three days, enjoying all the necessities of life in plenty.
After this they set out and on the fourth day arrived at a large city which bore the name of
Here the ruler of these regions concluded a truce
with them and furnished them guides to lead them to the sea. Arriving in fifteen days at Mt.
Chenium, when the men marching in the van caught sight of the sea, they were overjoyed and
raised such a cry that the men in the rear, assuming that there was an attack by enemies,
rushed to arms.
But when they had all got up to the place from
which the sea could be seen, they raised their hands to the gods and gave thanks, believing
they had now come through to safety; and gathering together into one spot a great number of
stones, they formed from them great cairns on which they set up as a dedication spoils taken
from the barbarians, wishing to leave an eternal memorial of their expedition. To the guide
they gave as presents a silver bowl and a suit of Persian raiment; and he, after pointing out
to them the road to the Macronians, took his departure.
Greeks then entered the territory of the Macronians with whom they concluded a truce, receiving
from them as a pledge of good faith a spear used by these barbarians and giving them in return
a Greek one; for the barbarians declared that such an exchange had been handed down to them
from their forefathers as the surest pledge of good faith. When they had crossed the boundaries
of this people, they arrived at the territory of the Colchians.
When the natives gathered here against them, the Greeks overcame them in battle and slew
great numbers of them, and then, seizing a strong position on a hill, they pillaged the
territory, gathered their booty on the hill, and refreshed themselves plentifully.