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Catiline's departure, had fallen to him instead of Lentulus, it is more than possible that Rome would have been fired and pillaged, and her best citizens murdered. (Sail. Cat. 17, 46—50,55; Cic. in Cat. iii. 3, 5—7, pro Sail. 6, 25, &c., post Red. in Sen. 4, pro Domo, 24 ; Appian, B. C. ii. 2—5, &c., 15.) [H. G. L.]

CEYX (Km>'£), lord of Trachis, was connected by friendship with Heracles. He was the father of Hippasus, who fell in battle fighting as the ally of Heracles. (Apollod. ii. 7. § 6, &c.) According to others, Ceyx was a nephew of Heracles, who built for him the town of Trachis. M'uller (Dor. ii. 11. § 3, comp. i. 3. § 5) supposes that the marriage of Ceyx and his connexion with Heracles were subjects of ancient poems. [L. S.]

CHABRIAS (XaSpias), the Athenian general, makes his first appearance in history as the suc­cessor of Iphicrates in the command of the Athe­nian force at Corinth in b. c. 393, according to Diodorus (xiv. 92), who places it, however, at least a year too soon, since it was in 392 that Iphicrates, yet in command, defeated the Spartan Mora. (See Xen. Hell. iv. 8. § 34 ; Schneid. ad Xen. Hell. iv. 5. § 19.) In b. c. 388, on his way to Cyprus to aid Evagoras against the Persians, Chabrias landed in Aegina, and gained by an ambuscade a decisive victory over the Spartans, who lost their commander Gorgopas in the en­gagement. The consequence of his success was,

that the Athenians were delivered for a time from

the annoyance to which they had been subjected from Aegina by the Spartans and Aeginetans. (Xen. J-Jell. v. 1. § 10, &c.; comp. iv. 8. § 24; Polyaen. iii. 10; Dem. c. Lept. p. 479, ad fin.) In b. c. 378 he was joined with Timotheus and Callistratus in the command of the forces which were despatched to the aid of Thebes against Agesilaus, and it was in the course of this cam­paign that he adopted for the first time that manoeuvre for which he became so celebrated,— ordering his men to await the attack with their spears pointed against the enemy and their shields resting on one knee. The attitude was a formidable one, and the Spartans did not venture to charge. A statue was afterwards erected at Athens to Chabrias in the posture above described, (Xen. Hell v. 4. § 34, &c..; Diod. xv. 32, 33; Polyaen. ii. 1; Dem. c. Lept. L c. ; Arist. Rhet. iii. 10. § 7.) It was perhaps in the next year that he accepted the offer of Acoris, king of Egypt, to act as general of the mercenaries in his service against the Persians : the Athenians, however, recalled him on the remonstrance of Pharnabazus. (Diod. xv. 29.) But other distinction awaited him, of a less equivocal nature, and in the service of his own country. The Lacedaemonians had sent outPollis with a fleet of 60 ships to cut off from Athens her supplies of corn. Chabrias, being appointed to act against him with more than 80 triremes, proceeded to besiege Naxos, and, the Lacedaemonians coming up to relieve it, a battle ensued (Sept. 9, b. c. 376), in which the Athenians gained a decisive and important victory,—the first they had won with their own ships since the Peloponnesian war. According to Diodorus, the whole of the Lacedae­monian fleet might have been easily destroyed, had not Chabrias been warned by the recollection of Arginusae to look before everything to the sav­ing of his own men from the wrecks. (Xen. Hell v. 4. §§ 60, 61 j Diod. xv. 34, 35; Polyaen. iii.


11; Dem. c. Ariatocr. p. 686; Plut. PJioc. 6, Camill 19, de Glor. Ath. 7.) In B. c. 373, Chabrias was joined with Iphicrates and Callistra­tus in the command of the forces destined for Corcyra [see p. 577, b.] ; and early in 368 he led the Athenian troops which went to aid Sparta in resisting at the Isthmus the second invasion of the Peloponnesus by Epaminondas, and repulsed the latter in an attack which he made on Corinth. (Xen. Hell. vii. 1. §§ 15—19 ; Diod. xv. 68, 69 ; Paus. ix. 15.) Two years after this, b. c. 366, he was involved with Callistratus in the accusation of having caused the loss of Oropus to Athens [callistratus, No. 3] (comp. Dem. c. Meid. p. 535) ; and Clinton suggests, that this may have been the occasion on which he was defend­ed by Plato, according to the anecdote in Dio­genes Laertius (iii. 24)—a suggestion which does not preclude us from supposing, that it was also the occasion referred to by Aristotle. (Rhet. iii. 10. § 7; see Glint. Fast. ii. p. 396, note w, and sub anno 395; comp. Diet, of Ant. s. v. ffvvriyopos.} On the authority of Theopompus, we hear that Chabrias was ever but too glad to enter on any foreign service, not only because it gave him more opportunity to gratify his luxurious propensities, but also from the jealousy and annoyance to which men of note and wealth were exposed at Athens. Accordingly we find him, early in b. c. 361, taking the command of the naval force of Tachos, king of Egypt, who was in rebellion against Persia. The

king's army of mercenaries was entrusted to Age­silaus, who however deserted his cause for that of Nectanabis, while Chabrias remained faithful to his first engagement. On the course and results of the war there is a strange discrepancy between Xenophon and Plutarch on the one side, and Diodorus on the other. (Theopomp. ap. Atlien. xii. p. 532, To.; Nep. Chabr. 3 ; Xen. Ages.; Pint. Ages. 37 ; Diod. xv. 92, 93 ; Wesseling, ad log.} About b.c. 358 Chabrias was sent to succeed Athenodorus as commander in Thrace ; but he arrived with only one ship, and the consequence was that Charidemus renounced the treaty he had made with Atheno­dorus, and drove Chabrias to consent to another most unfavourable to the interests of Athens. [charidemus.] On the breaking out of the social war in 357, Chares was appointed to command the Athenian army, and Chabrias was joined with him as admiral of the fleet; though, according to C. Nepos, the latter accompanied the expedition merely in a private capacity. At the siege of Chios, which was the first operation of the war, he advanced with gallant rashness into the harbour, before the rest of the fleet, and, when his ship was disabled, he refused to save his life by abandoning it, and fell fighting. (Diod. xvi. 7 ; Nep. Chabr. 4 ; Dem. c. Lept. p. 481.) Plutarch tells us, that Chabrias was slow in devising and somewhat rash in exe­cuting, and that both defects were often in some measure corrected and supplied by his young friend Phocion. Yet his death seems to have been a real loss to Athens. His private qualities, notwith­standing the tendency to profligate self-indulgence which has been mentioned above on the authority of Theopompus, were at least such as to attract and permanently retain the friendship of Phocion. Plis public services were rewarded with the privi­lege of exemption from liturgies ; and the continu­ation of the privilege to his son Ctesippus, from whom the law of Leptines would have taken it,

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