93.Pagondas with this exhortation persuaded the Boeotians to march against the Athenians, and making them rise led them speedily on, for it was drawing towards night.And when he was near to their army, in a place from whence by the interposition of a hill they saw not each other, making a stand he put his army into order and prepared to give battle.
When it was told Hippocrates, who was then at Delium, that the Boeotians were marching after them, he sends presently to the army, commanding them to be put in array.And not long after he came himself, having left some three hundred horse about Delium, both for a guard to the place if it should be assaulted, and withal to watch an opportunity to come upon the Boeotians when they were in fight.
But for these, the Boeotians appointed some forces purposely to attend them.And when all was as it should be, they showed themselves from the top of the hill, where they sat down with their arms in the same order they were to fight in, being about seven thousand men of arms, of light-armed soldiers above ten thousand, a thousand horsemen, and five hundred targetiers.
Their right wing consisting of the Thebans, and their partakers;in the middle battle were the Haliartians, Coronaeans, Copaeans, and the rest that dwell about the lake;in the left were the Thespians, Tanagraeans, and Orchomenians.The horsemen and light-armed soldiers were placed on either wing.The Thebans were ordered by twentyfive in file;but the rest, every one as it fell out.
This was the preparation and order of the Boeotians.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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