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31. Demosthenes, who after helping to build the fort on the Laconian coast, had sailed away to Corcyra1, on his way thither destroyed a merchant-vessel anchored at Phea in Elis, which was intended to convey some2 of the Corinthian hoplites to Sicily. But the crew escaped, and sailed in another vessel. [2] He went on to Zacynthus and Cephallenia, where he took on board some hoplites, and sent to the Messenians of Naupactus for others; he then passed over to the mainland of Acarnania, and touched at Alyzia and Anactorium3, which were at that time occupied by the Athenians. [3] While he was in those regions he met Eurymedon returning from Sicily, whither he had been sent during the winter in charge of the money which had been voted to the army4; [4] he reported, among other things, the capture of Plemmyrium by the Syracusans, of which he had heard on his voyage home. Conon too, the governor of Naupactus, brought word that the twenty-five Corinthian ships5 which were stationed on the opposite coast were still showing a hostile front, and clearly meant to fight. He requested the generals to send him reinforcements, since his own ships—eighteen in number—were not able to give battle against the twenty-five of the enemy. [5] Demosthenes and Eurymedon sent ten ships, the swiftest which they had, to the fleet at Naupactus, while they themselves completed the muster of the expedition. Eurymedon, sailing to Corcyra, ordered the Corcyraeans to man fifteen ships, and himself levied a number of hoplites. He had turned back from his homeward voyage, and was now holding the command, to which, in conjunction with Demosthenes, he had been appointed. Demosthenes meanwhile had been collecting slingers and javelin-men in the neighbourhood of Acarnania.

1 Cp. 7.26.

2 Demosthenes sailing up the west coast meets Eurymedon who brings news from Sicily. They collect troops for Sicily and send reinforcements to Naupactus'

3 Cp. 4.49; 5.30 med.

4 Cp. 7.16 fin.

5 Cp. 7.17 fin., 19 fin.

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