History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.

Thus the enterprise of the Hellenes came to ruin after six years of war.

Of all that large host a few travelling through Libya reached Cyrene in safety, but most of them perished.

And thus Egypt returned to its subjection to the king, except Amyrtaeus, the king in the marshes, whom they were unable to capture from the extent of the marsh; the marshmen being also the most warlike of the Egyptians.

Inaros, the Libyan king, the sole author of the Egyptian revolt, was betrayed, taken, and crucified.

Meanwhile a relieving squadron of fifty vessels had sailed from Athens and the rest of the confederacy for Egypt.

They put in to shore at the Mendesian mouth of the Nile, in total ignorance of what had occurred.

Attacked on the land side by the troops, and from the sea by the Phoenician navy, most of the ships were destroyed; the few remaining being saved by retreat.

Such was the end of the great expedition of the Athenians and their allies to Egypt.