33.Those that were about Epitadas, who were the greatest part of those in the island, when they saw that the foremost guard was slain and that the army marched towards them, put themselves in array and went towards the men of arms of the Athenians with intent to charge them;for these were opposed to them in front, and the light-armed soldiers on their flanks and at their backs.
But they could neither come to join with them nor any way make use of their skill.For both the lightarmed soldiers kept them off with shot from either side, and the men of arms advanced not.Where the light-armed soldiers approached nearest, they were driven back;but returning, they charged them afresh, being men armed lightly, and that easily got out of their reach by running, especially the ground being uneasy and rough by having been formerly desert, so that the Lacedaemonians in their armour could not follow them.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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