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The leadership was taken by others, and a people who had never before embarked upon the sea defeated the Greeks in a naval action; they sailed to Europe and enslaved cities of the Greeks, in which despots were established, some after our disaster, and others after the victory of the barbarians.The Persian fleet under Conon defeated the Lacedaemonians under Peisander at Cnidus in Cilicia, 394 B.C. In the preceding years Sparta, relying on the support of Persia, had placed her governors in many Greek cities: after Cnidus the Greeks of Asia Minor were abandoned to Persian rule.
I will, however, pass over all those things, and will mention not one which I consider you ought to hear, as being a sure proof of his brazen-faced audacity. In Corinth, where he arrived after our battle with the enemy and the expedition to CoroneaAt the battle of Coronea in 394 B.C. the Athenians and Thebans fought the Spartans commanded by Agesilaus. he fought with the taxiarchThe officer commanding an infantry contingent front one of the ten tribes. Cf. Dem. 54.5. Laches and gave him a beating; and when the citizens had set forth in full military strength, he was specially noted for insubordination and knavery, and was the only Athenian ordered by the generals to be banned by herald.
Then after that, gentlemen, there was the expedition to Corinth394 B.C.; and everyone knew beforehand that it must be a dangerous affair. Some were trying to shirk their duty, but I contrived to have myself posted in the front rank for our battle with the enemy. Our tribe had the worst fortune, and suffered the heaviest losses in the ranks: I retired from the field later than the fine fellow of SteiriaProbably Thrasybulus: Steiria was a township on the east coast of Attica. who has been reproaching everybody with cowardice.
Perhaps to some of you, gentlemen of the jury, they appear few: but bear in mind the fact that before Conon won his victory at sea,At Cnidus, 394 B.C. Aristophanes had no land except a small plot at Rhamnus.A district of Attica. Now the sea-fight occurred in the archonship of Eubulides;