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78. Meanwhile the Peloponnesians in the fleet at Miletus had likewise troubles among themselves.1 The sailors complained loudly to one another that their cause was ruined by Astyochus and Tissaphernes. 'Astyochus,' they said, 'refused to fight before2, while we were strong and the Athenian navy weak, and will not fight now when they are reported to be in a state of anarchy, and their fleet is not as yet united. We are kept waiting for Tissaphernes and the Phoenician ships, which are a mere pretence and nothing more, and we shall soon be utterly exhausted. Tissaphernes never brings up the promised reinforcement, and he destroys our navy by his scanty and irregular payments: the time has come when we must fight.' The Syracusans were especially vehement in the matter.

1 The Peloponnesian sailors complain bitterly of Astyochus and Tissaphernes.

2 Cp. 8.38 fin., 44 fin., 55 init, 60 fin.

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