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74. No sooner had the Athenians returned in the fleet to Catana than they sailed to Messenè,1 expecting that the city would be betrayed to them. But they were disappointed. For Alcibiades, when he was recalled and gave up his command, foreseeing that he would be an exile, communicated to the Syracusan party at Messenè the plot of which he was cognisant2. They at once put to death the persons whom he indicated; and on the appearance of the Athenians the same party, rising and arming, prevented their admission. [2] The Athenians remained there about thirteen days, but the weather was bad, their provisions failed, and they had no success. So they went to Naxos, and having surrounded their camp with a palisade, proposed to pass the winter there. They also despatched a trireme to Athens for money and cavalry, which were to arrive at the beginning of spring.

1 Alcibiades having contrived that Messenè should be betrayed, now betrays the betrayers. The Athenians take up their winter quarters at Naxos.

2 Cp. 6.50 init.

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