91.In the same summer the Athenians sent thirty ships round the Peloponnese under the
command1 of Demosthenes the son of Alcisthenes, and Procles the son of Theodorus.They also sent sixty ships and two thousand hoplites to Melos, under the command of
Nicias the son of Niceratus,
wishing to subdue the Melians, who, although they were islanders, resisted them and
would not join their alliance2.
So they ravaged their country, but finding that the Melians would not yield, they
sailed away to Oropus, opposite Euboea.There they put in at nightfall, and the hoplites disembarking went at once by land to
Tanagra in Boeotia.
Meanwhile the entire Athenian force, under the command of Hipponicus the son of
Callias, and Eurymedon the son of Thucles, upon a signal given marched to meet them at
the same spot.There they encamped, and all together devastated the country, remaining at Tanagra
during that day and the following night.
On the morrow they defeated the Tanagraeans who sallied out upon them, and also some
Thebans who had come to their aid; they then took up the arms of the slain, raised a
trophy, and returned, the one part of the forces back again to the city, the other to
Nicias with his sixty ships then sailed to the coast of Locris; after ravaging the
country he returned home.
Thirty Athenian ships under Demosthenes sail round the Peloponnese. Sixty more
under Nicias go to Melos, and after ravaging the island sail to Oropus. At
Tanagra his troop, in concert with the Athenian land-forces, defeat the
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