But the ephors, hearing the stories of those who had been banished after the slaughter in Thebes, sent out Cleombrotus,1
— this being the first time that he had a command, — in the dead of winter. Now2
the road which leads through Eleutherae was guarded by Chabrias with peltasts of the Athenians; but Cleombrotus climbed the mountain3
by the road leading to Plataea. And at the summit of the pass his peltasts, who were leading the advance, found the men who had been released from the prison, about one hundred and fifty in number, on guard. And the peltasts killed them all, except for one or another who may have escaped; whereupon Cleombrotus descended to Plataea, which was still friendly.