1.The spring following, when corn began to be in the ear, ten galleys of Syracuse and as many of Locris went to Messana in Sicily, called in by the citizens themselves, and took it;and Messana revolted from the Athenians.
This was done by the practice chiefly of the Syracusans, that saw the place to be commodious for invasion of Sicily, and feared lest the Athenians, some time or other hereafter making it the seat of their war, might come with greater forces into Sicily and invade them from thence;but partly also of the Locrians, as being in hostility with the Rhegians and desirous to make war upon them on both sides.
The Locrians had now also entered the lands of the Rhegians with their whole power, both because they would hinder them from assisting the Messanians and because they were solicited thereunto by the banished men of Rhegium that were with them.For they of Rhegium had been long in sedition and were unable for the present to give them battle, for which cause they the rather also now invaded them.
And after they had wasted the country, the Locrians withdrew their land-forces;but their galleys lay still at the guard of Messana, and more were setting forth, to lie in the same harbour, to make the war on that side.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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