Having proceeded straightway to Troezen
and Epidaurus, he ravaged the countryside but could not seize the cities, for they had
garrisons of considerable strength, yet Sicyon,1
and certain other cities he so
intimidated as to bring them over to his side. When he invaded Corinth, and the Corinthians
sallied forth to meet him, he defeated them in battle, and drove them all back inside their
walls, but when the Boeotians were so elated by their success that some of them rashly ventured
to force their way through the gates into the city, the Corinthians, frightened, took refuge in
their houses, but Chabrias the Athenian general made an intelligent and determined resistance,
and succeeded in driving the Boeotians out of the city, having also struck down many of them.
In the rivalry which followed, the Boeotians gathered all
their army in line of battle and directed a formidable blow at Corinth; but Chabrias with the
Athenians advanced out of the city, took his station on superior terrain and withstood the
attack of the enemy.
The Boeotians, however, relying upon the
hardihood of their bodies and their experience in continuous warfare, expected to worst the
Athenians by sheer might, but Chabrias' corps, having the advantage of superior ground in the
struggle and of abundant supplies from the city, slew some of the attackers and severely
The Boeotians, having suffered many losses and
being unable to accomplish anything, beat a retreat. So Chabrias won great admiration for his
courage and shrewdness as a general and got rid of the enemy in this fashion.