After the Battle of Platæa - 479 B.C.
With the Persian camp now totally overrun and the last of the remnants
defeated, the Greek continued to slaughter all those that were still
in the camp. After this Pausanias announced a proclamation that no one
should lay hands on the booty, but that the Helots should collect it
and bring it all to one place. So the Helots went and spread themselves
through the camp, wherein were found many tents richly adorned with
furniture, and many things of gold and silver.
The Greeks after sharing the booty proceeded to bury their own dead,
each nation apart from the rest, all on the field of battle.
Then a council was held where it was resolved to make war upon Thebes,
and to require that those who had joined the Medes should be delived
into their hands. If the Thebans refused to give up their leaders it
was determined to lay siege to their city, and never stir from before
it till it should surrender.
Athens after the Persian exodus
Meanwhile the Athenian people, as soon as their land was free from foreign occupation, began to bring back their children and wives and what property they had left from the places where they had hidden them away. They also started on the rebuilding of thir city and the fortifications, for only small portions of their surrounding wall were still standing, and the most of their houses were in ruins, the few remaining ones being those in which important Persian officers had their quarters. .
During this time the stalemate at sea was beginning to wear thin. While
the Greek fleet under the Spartan General Leotychides layed inactive
off the coast of Delos, a delegate from Samos appeared pleading for
the fleet to come to the rescue of Samos, which was under the control
of the Persians, as was the entire Ionian coastline.
Greeks as soon as the victims were favorable, put to sea, and sailed
across from Delos to Samos. The Persians as soon as they got wind of
this move by the Greek fleet decided that they were no match at sea
for them so they decided to dismiss the Phoenician ships and with the
rest, set sail for the mainland as there were still troops left behind
by Xerxes to keep guard over Ionia, this was an army of sixty thousand
men. The Persians therefor fled to be under the protection of the land
army at Mycale.
- *1 'Histories' by Herodotus (1.89)
'Histories' by Herodotus published by Wordsworth
1996 - Book 9 (80-95)