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80. The Peloponnesians had not gone out because they thought1 that even with their united force they could not risk a battle2. But not knowing how to maintain so large a fleet, especially since Tissaphernes never paid them properly, they at once while the summer lasted sent Clearchus the son of Rhamphias with forty ships to Pharnabazus, this being the commission which he had originally received from Peloponnesus3. [2] Pharnabazus had been inviting them to come, and promised to maintain them; [3] the Byzantians likewise had4 been sending envoys to them proposing to revolt. The Peloponnesian squadron put out into the open sea that they might not be seen on their voyage by the Athenians. They were caught in a storm; Clearchus and most of his ships found refuge at Delos, and thence returned to Miletus. He himself proceeded later by land to the Hellespont and assumed his command. But ten ships under Helixus of Megara arrived safely, and effected the revolt of Byzantium. [4] The Athenians at Samos, receiving information of these movements, sent a naval force to guard the Hellespont; and off Byzantium a small engagement was fought by eight ships against eight.

1 Or, 'that they were not a match for the now united forces of the enemy.'

2 Or, 'that they were not a match for the now united forces of the enemy.'

3 Cp 8.8 med.

4 The Peloponnesians, disgusted with Tissaphernes accept the invitation of Pharnabazus and the Byzantians, and send forty ships to the Hellespont. Ten of them arrive and effect the revolt of (14) Byzantium.

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