Zeno's Account of the Attack on Messene
Next as to their account of the treacherous attempt
Zeno's account of the attack of Nabis upon Messene. See ch. 13.
upon Messene. Zeno says that "Nabis started
from Sparta, crossed the Eurotas near the tributary called the Hoplites, and advanced along
the narrow road past Poliasium until he arrived
at Sallasia, thence past Pharae to Thalamae, and
so to the river Pamisus." About which I do not know what to
say. It is just as if one were to say that a man started from
Corinth and marched through the Isthmus and arrived at the
Scironean way, and then came straight to the Contoporian road,
and journeyed past Mycenae to Argos. For such a statement
would not be merely slightly wrong but wholly contradictory.
For the Isthmus and the Scironian rocks are east of Corinth,
while the Contoporian road and Mycenae are nearly due
south-west; so that it is completely impossible to go by way
of the former to the latter. The same may be said about
Lacedaemon; for the Eurotas and Sallasia are to the northeast of Sparta, while Thalamae, Pharae, and the Pamisus are
to the south-west. Therefore it is not possible to go to
Sallasia, nor necessary to cross the Eurotas, if a man means to
go to Messenia by way of Thalamae.