3.The Athenians, at the sudden coming on of Gylippus, though somewhat troubled at first, yet put themselves in order to receive him.And he, making a stand when he came near, sent a herald to them, saying that if they would abandon Sicily within five days with bag and baggage, he was content to give them truce.
Which the Athenians contemning, sent him away without any answer.After this, they were putting themselves into order of battle one against another;
but Gylippus, finding the Syracusians troubled and not easily falling into their ranks, led back his army in a more open ground.Nicias led not the Athenians out against him, but lay still at his own fortification.And Gylippus, seeing he came not up, withdrew his army into the top called Temenites, where he lodged all night.
The next day, he drew out the greater part of his army and embattled them before the fortification of the Athenians that they might not send succour to any other place;but a part also they sent to the fort of Labdalum, and took it, and slew all those they found within it;for the place was out of sight to the Athenians.
The same day the Syracusians also took an Athenian galley as it entered into the great haven.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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