While these things were going on, some partisans of the Lacedaemonians in Corcyra
revolted against the democracy and called upon the Spartans to dispatch a fleet, promising to
betray Corcyra to them. The Lacedaemonians, aware of the great importance that Corcyra had for
the aspirants to sea power, made haste to possess themselves of this city.1
So they immediately dispatched to Corcyra twenty-two triremes,
having given the command to Alcidas. They pretended that this expedition was sent to Sicily, in
order to be received as friends by the Corcyraeans and then with the assistance of the exiles
to occupy the city.
But the Corcyraeans, discovering the
design of the Spartans, kept careful guard over the city and sent envoys to Athens to get help.
The Athenians voted help for the Corcyraeans and the Zacynthian exiles, sent to Zacynthos
Ctesicles as general in command of the exiles, and prepared to dispatch a naval force to
While these things
were going on, the Plataeans in Boeotia, clinging to the alliance with the Athenians, sent to
them for soldiers, having decided to hand their city over to the Athenians. At this the
became incensed with the
Plataeans, and, being eager to forestall the allied force from Athens, immediately brought a
considerable army against the Plataeans.3
They reached the neighbourhood of Plataeae when the attack was
not expected, so that a large number of the Plataeans were arrested in the fields and carried
off by the cavalry, while the rest, who had escaped to the city, being helpless without any
allies, were forced to make a covenant agreeable to their enemies; they were obliged, namely,
to depart from the city with their movable possessions and never again to set foot on Boeotian
Thereupon the Thebans, having razed Plataeae completely,
as well, which was at
odds with them. The Plataeans with their wives and children, having fled to Athens, received
equality of civic rights5
as a mark of favour from the Athenian people.
Such was the state of affairs in Boeotia.