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The Athenians stood out to meet him, extending their left wing out to sea and arranged in the following order: Aristocrates, in command of the1 left wing, led the way with fifteen ships, and next in order Diomedon with fifteen more; and Pericles was stationed behind Aristocrates and Erasinides behind Diomedon; and beside Diomedon were the Samians with ten ships, drawn up in single line; and their commander was a Samian named Hippeus; and next to them were the ten ships of the taxiarchs,2 also in single line; and behind these the three ships of the nauarchs3 and also some ships from the allies;

1 406 B.C.

2 Ten taxiarchs, one for each Athenian tribe, commanded the contingents (τάξεις) furnished by their several tribes.

3 Manifestly subordinate officers, but the precise meaning of the title in the Athenian navy is unknown.

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