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. [1].

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.

Soliders helmetThe 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.

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  • *1 'Histories' by Herodotus (1.89)


'Histories' by Herodotus published by Wordsworth 1996 - Book 9 (80-95)


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