80.This night it was concluded by Nicias and Demosthenes, seeing the miserable estate of their army, and the want already of all necessaries, and that many of their men in many assaults of the enemy were wounded, to lead away the army as far as they possibly could;not the way they purposed before, but toward the sea, which was the contrary way to that which the Syracusians guarded.
Now this whole journey of the army lay not towards Catana, but towards the other side of Sicily, Camarina and Gela, and the cities, as well Grecian as barbarian, that way.When they had made many fires accordingly, they marched in the night;
and (as usually it falleth out in all armies, and most of all in the greatest, to be subject to affright and terror, especially marching by night and in hostile ground, and the enemy near) were in confusion.The army of Nicias, leading the way, kept together and got far afore;
but that of Demosthenes, which was the greater half, was both severed from the rest and marched more disorderly.
Nevertheless, by the morning betimes they got to the seaside, and entering into the Helorine way they went on towards the river Cacyparis, to the end when they came thither to march upwards along the river's side through the heart of the country.For they hoped that this way the Siculi, to whom they had sent, would meet them.
When they came to the river, here also they found a certain guard of the Syracusians stopping their passage with a wall and with piles.When they had quickly forced this guard, they passed the river and again marched on to another river, called Erineus;for that was the way which the guides directed them.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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