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424 B.C.At the close of this year, in Athens the archon was Isarchus and in Rome the consuls elected were Titus Quinctius and Gaius Julius, and among the Eleians the Eighty-ninth Olympiad was celebrated, that in which SymmachusOf Messene; cp. chap. 49.1. won the "stadion" for the second time. This year the Athenians chose as general Nicias, the son of Niceratus, and assigning to him sixty triremes and three thousand hoplites, they ordered him to plunder the allies of the Lacedaemonians. He sailed to Melos as the first place, where he ravaged their territory and for a number of days laid siege to the city; for it was the only island of the Cyclades which was maintaining its alliance with the Lacedaemonians, being a Spartan colony. Nicias was unable to take the city, however, since the Melians defended themselves gallantly, and he then sailed to OropusOropus was always debatable territory between Attica and Boeotia. in Boeotia. L
424 B.C.At the close of this year, in Athens the archon was Isarchus and in Rome the consuls elected were Titus Quinctius and Gaius Julius, and among the Eleians the Eighty-ninth Olympiad was celebrated, that in which SymmachusOf Messe
inflicted heavy casualties and were victorious. After the battle the soldiers with
Hipponicus made their way back to Athens, but
Nicias, returning to his ships, sailed along the coast to Locris, and when he had laid waste the country on the of protecting the place and ravaging the neighbouring countryside; then Nicias plundered the
coast and returned to Athens. After these events the Athenians sent
sixty ships and two thousand hoplites to Cythera,The large island off the sou ited the city, together with the commander of the
garrison, Tantalus the Spartan, he took captive and carried off to Athens. And the Athenians fettered Tantalus and kept him
under guard together with the other prisoners, as well as the Aegi