23.Now Astyochus, the Lacedaemonian admiral, having set forth as he intended from Cenchreiae, arrived at Chios.The third day after his coming thither came Leon and Diomedon into Lesbos with twenty-five galleys of Athens;for Leon came with a supply of ten galleys more from Athens afterwards.
Astyochus, in the evening of the same day, taking with him one galley more of Chios, took his way toward Lesbos to help it what he could, and put in at Pyrrha, and the next day at Eressos.Here he heard that Mytilene was taken by the Athenians, even with the shout of their voices.
For the Athenians, coming unexpected, entered the haven, and having beaten the galleys of the Chians, disbarked and overcame those that made head against them and won the city.
When Astyochus heard this, both from the Eressians and from those Chian galleys that came from Methymna with Eubulus, which having been left there before, as soon as Mytilene was lost fled, and three of them chanced to meet with him (for one was taken by the Athenians), he continued his course for Mytilene no longer;but having caused Eressos to revolt, and armed the soldiers he had aboard, made them to march toward Antissa and Methymna by land, under the conduct of Eteonicus;and he himself, with his own galleys and those three of Chios, rowed thither along the shore, hoping that the Methymnaeans, upon sight of his forces, would take heart and continue in their revolt.
But when in Lesbos all things went against him, he re-embarked his army and returned to Chios.And the landmen that were aboard, and should have gone into Hellespont, went again into their cities.After this came to them six galleys to Chios, of those of the confederate fleet at Cenchreiae.
The Athenians, when they had reestablished the state of Lesbos, went thence and took Polichna, which the Clazomenians had fortified in the continent, and brought them all back again into the city which is in the island, save only the authors of the revolt;for these got away to Daphnus.And Clazomenae returned to the obedience of the Athenians.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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