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Abydos {short description of image}was on the Asiatic side of the Hellespont - the critical route for Athenian grain from Ukraine to reach the city.
The Athenian commanders were Thrasybulus and Thrasyllus with 74 ships
The Peloponnesian commander was Mindarus with 97 ships including a fleet from Syracuse commanded by Dorieus.
The battle was an Athenian naval victory in the Peloponnesian War.

The battle was lengthy and remained even until Alcibiades arrived from {short description of image}Samos with 18 ships as reinforcements. Then the Peloponnesians tried to retreat to their base at Abydos but lost 30 ships.
Prior to the battle the Athenians had established their base at Sestos on the European side{short description of image}from which they could counter the Peloponnesians at Abydos.
Mindarus, the Spartan navarch, summoned the Syracusian commander, Dorieus, with his 14 ships, to join him from Rhodes {short description of image}at Abydos, hoping to end the war with a decisive victory.

Dorieus was seen by Athenian look outs and initially driven ashore but managed to reach Abydos.
The combined Peloponnesians and Syracusians deployed for battle along the Asian shore of the Hellespont, with Mindarus commanding the right and the Syracusans holding the left.

The Athenians deployed opposite them, with Thrasybulus commanding the right and Thrasyllus the left. This put the Peloponnesians at a disadvantage but the battle continued evenly for most of the day until Alcibiades arrived. At this the Spartans attempted to flee to Abydos but were attacked loosing 30 ships. Mindarus managed to reach Abydos where he repaired damaged vessles and planed with the Persian satrap, Pharnabazus, for another battle.

The Athenians were still too weak to press the advantage they had gained. Revolts in Euboea forced them to dispatch 30 ships back to restore the critical situation. Theremenes managed to succeed at that plus acquire more funds by taking it from places along the way.
Then the other Persian satrap, Tissaphernes, constant rival of Pharnabazus, arrived. Alcibiades thought he had strong influence with Tissaphernes and went to meet him. But his king had ordered Tissaphernes to support Sparta, so he arrested Alcibiades who soon escaped. But it was yet another down and up and down in Alcibiades' prestige and popularity upon which his career depended.


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