Meanwhile the Athenians in the hundred ships round Peloponnese, reinforced by a Corcyraean squadron of fifty vessels and some others of the allies in those parts, cruised about the coasts and ravaged the country.
Among other places they landed in Laconia and made an assault upon Methone; there being no garrison in the place, and the wall being weak.
But it so happened that Brasidas, son of Tellis, a Spartan, was in command of a guard for the defence of the district.
Hearing of the attack, he hurried with a hundred heavy infantry to the assistance of the besieged, and dashing through the army of the Athenians, which was scattered over the country and had its attention turned to the wall, threw himself into Methone.
He lost a few men in making good his entrance, but saved the place and won the thanks of Sparta by his exploit, being thus the first officer who obtained this notice during the war.
The Athenians at once weighed anchor and continued their cruise.
Touching at Pheia in Elis, they ravaged the country for two days and defeated a picked force of three hundred men that had come from the vale of Elis and the immediate neighborhood to the rescue.
But a stiff squall came down upon them, and not liking to face it in a place where there was no harbor, most of them got on board their ships, and doubling Point Ichthys sailed into the port of Pheia.
In the meantime the Messenians, and some others who could not get on board, marched over by land and took Pheia.
The fleet afterwards sailed round and picked them up and then put to sea; Pheia being evacuated, as the main army of the Eleans had now come up.
The Athenians continued their cruise, and ravaged other places on the coast.