25.The Athenians that were with the hundred galleys about Peloponnesus and with them the Corcyraeans with the aid of fifty sail more and certain others of the confederates thereabout amongst other places which they infested in their course landed at Methone, a town of Laconia, and assaulted it as being but weak and few men within.
But it chanced that Brasidas the son of Tellis, a Spartan, had a garrison in those parts, and hearing of it, succoured those of the town with one hundred men of arms.Wherewith running through the Athenian army, dispersed in the fields, directly towards the town, he put himself into Methone;and with the loss of few of his men in the passage he saved the place, and for this adventure was the first that was praised at Sparta in this war.
The Athenians putting off from thence sailed along the coast and put in at Pheia of Elis, where they spent two days in wasting the country and in a skirmish overthrew three hundred choice men of the Lower Elis together with other Eleians thereabouts that came forth to defend it.
But the wind arising and their galleys being tossed by the weather in a harbourless place, the most of them embarked and sailed about the promontory called Icthys into the haven of Pheia.But the Messenians and certain others that could not get aboard went by land to the town of Pheia and rifled it.
And when they had done, the galleys that now were come about took them in and, leaving Pheia, put forth to sea again.By which time a great army of Eleians was come to succour it, but the Athenians were now gone away and wasting some other territory.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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