Such were the allies who were assembled on both sides. At that time they were all on the spot,1
and nothing whatever came afterwards to either army.
The Syracusans and the allies naturally thought that the struggle would be brought to a2
glorious end if, after having defeated the Athenian fleet, they took captive the whole of their great armament, and did not allow them to escape either by sea or land.
So they at once began to close the mouth of the Great Harbour, which was about a mile wide, by means of triremes, merchant-vessels, and small boats, placed broadside, which they moored there. They also made every preparation for a naval engagement, should the Athenians be willing to hazard another; and all their thoughts were on a grand scale.