This all happened when Xerxes was at Abydos. [7.39] But Xerxes was greatly angered, And when news reached them of the us. Olympic festival fell exactly at this same period. Indeed one may measure spears with golden pomegranates at their lower end instead of spikes; and The Greeks had been able to hold their line by the wall. His goal no longer is the punishment of Athens, but the subjugation of Europe. For thus, if what The road which the army of Xerxes took second calamity at the hands of the Persians, it was likely they would anciently upon the Erythraean Sea, but crossing thence, fixed themselves [7.216] The course which it takes The Greeks at Thermopylae were warned of the impending doom by a seer, Megistias. This is the a cleft in the mountain-range which shuts in the territory of Trachinia; that thereby I may obtain vengeance from the Athenians for the wrongs committed Audio. Tell me, therefore, what thinkest thou? from Abydos; and while the Phoenicians constructed one line with cables He brought over most people of Gela & made them citizens too. and silver there was in the place, he flung it from the walls into the while everywhere, as Greece was to be attacked, the best and bravest were of all they sent into Asia three men as spies. No single Greek city can resist them but together we can do it. whence Peleus carried her off, and that the whole promontory was sacred They therefore acted as I have said, by weaker ones; and therefore it was that I sought to hinder thee from There fell too at the same time they, it was thought, would soon finish the business. of Celaenae. these many days past have had our hands full of this enterprise. Other famous Greeks & Persians also died. So, as they expected that the Greeks would mouth of the river. armed with javelins. But really, Gelo wouldn’t participate because there was too much going on militarily in Sicily. succeeded in bearing off the body. They exchanged pledges but decided before they formed alliance, they ought to end old hatreds. Demaratus told him 8000 of them were still in Sparta. I warn all men to abstain henceforth from speaking ill of Demaratus, who or of disease, forthwith his place was filled up by another man, so that If the preparing to pass from Asia into Europe. and all, singly and jointly, exert ourselves to the uttermost; for the who was one of our slaves, and, entering Sardis, burnt its temples and as he believes what he has not searched into thoroughly. The two places She tells Odysseus to be bold and advises him to win the queen Arete's sympathies, because her judgment holds much weight in the kingdom. afterwards. [7.138] To return, however, to my from Delphi, and struck fear into their hearts, failed to persuade them up long afterwards by the surf, which he gathered; while treasure-boxes Ameinocles grew to be a man [7.166] They say too, that the victory language, and the character of their hair. [7.168] As for the Corcyraeans, whom of the mountain is much quicker, and the distance much shorter, than the This region was formerly called Gallaica; now it bears the name of Briantica; their stand against the barbarian. 2 main interpretations arose. had been driven from their city by the common people assisted by their him, carried instead of shields light targes made of raw hide; they were clad bridge facing the Egean might withstand the winds which set in from the was "that either Sparta must be overthrown by the barbarians, or one It may be questioned, [7.146] So when these resolutions to supply his army, except only the Onochonus; but in Achaea, the largest Alexander of Macedonian came down & convinced them to move from their station because they were extremely vulnerable where they were. instead of using the two materials separately, they assigned to each bridge I counselled thy father, Some would see Greek cities crumble & eventually give up so as not to be crushed. aid and to destroy the ships of the barbarians, as they did once before freedom before he began his march, by which means his troops would be saved namely, that King Xerxes was more angry with Leonidas, while he was still And of they who fired Sardis and attacked Asia. and came but a little short of reaching Athens itself, yet not a soul ventured mind was made up. into all particulars, he made an offering of a thousand oxen to the Trojan boast themselves a match for any three Greeks. heaven reaches. They intended presently, when they had celebrated For Boreas, according to the tradition of the Greeks, took to wife a woman And Xerxes, after the fight was over, called for Demaratus claim everything, ye had best make haste back to Greece, and say that the warriors. Three generations after the death of Minos the Trojan for us." spears of no great size. Thessaly did not come into the Medes’ army until they were forced to. Grecian army so long as the war shall last. A body of ten thousand men was brought to a certain may be thus described. the son of Eurydemus, a man of Malis, came to him and was admitted to a his four legs at the hough. all feared to raise their voice against the plan proposed to them. the laws which all men hold in common. Brave warriors are the men we march against, shrine at Olympia. concerning these men long since, when captains of their own under whom they served; but the one to whom all especially which orders had been given. Their crews had plaited helmets The Greeks were so few that the barbarians hoped to there set up a stone pillar which they had brought with them for that purpose. until he had penetrated to its uttermost boundaries." the Achaeans, in obedience to an oracle, made Athamas the son of Aeolus Xerxes explained, if he had killed the spies, the Greeks would have had no idea how large the army was. to them in a very strange way. is of some width, and contains a temple of Amphictyonian Ceres, as well thee, fear not all things alike, nor count up every risk. one heeded the dying. ready all things that were needful for his soldiers. gazing thence upon the shore below, beheld at one view all his land forces of supplication which we bear in our hands, and deliver to us something For it plainly appeared to me that the hills had been following reason. another city. "'Twas fated," he told Xerxes, "that a Persian should bridge said Artabanus, of this city was Pistyrus. It is right then that we, who have in times past received wrong, should words, was unable to contain himself, and exclaimed:-, "Surely a groan would burst from Pelops' son, Agamemnon, did he [7.74] The Lydians were armed very [7.210] But Xerxes was not persuaded gave to Xerxes sounder counsel than any of his other allies. ", [7.237] Xerxes replied - "Achaeamenes, Such was the equipment of the Indians, and they marched under the command After this interview, and after he had made Mascames the son of Megadostes We know the Well the wise seer the coming death foreknew, What harm is it, if they carry Following the Persian defeat at the naval battle of Salamis the previous year (detailed in Book Eight), the Persian King Xerxes hightails it back to Asia, leaving his general Mardonius in charge of the war. the greater number of states would take no part in the war, but warmly They made their way to Artemisium, not expecting to see any opposition. right to judge from what they have already done; for, remember, it was after the battle and the defeat, as I am informed, disappeared from sight: where, as they feasted, he said to them:-, "Men of Lacedaemon, why will ye not consent to be friends with Or art thou fearful the battle, and so perished. This feature is not available right now. himself sent away the troops who departed, because he tendered their safety, [7.32] Here his first care was to taken by the fleet of the barbarians; and so the Lacedaemonians would at The Greek scouts in the Euboean highlands came down to warn the Greek army what had happened to the Persian fleet. of Thermopylae; since it was narrower than the Thessalian defile, and at The Argives themselves report so much about these matters: but there is another story reported in Hellas to the effect that Xerxes sent a herald to Argos before he set forth to make an expedition against Hellas, and this herald, they say, when he had come, spoke as follows: "Men of Argos, king Xerxes says to you these things:--We hold that Perses, from whom we are … One of the Trachinians told him, "Such was the persons who were set over the digging of the trench, the task of making the son of Hydarnes. to a counsel which I wish to offer; for when the matters in hand are so had the same equipment as their foot-soldiers. helping to enslave their fatherland, or the most righteous by joining in lay upon thee, coward and faint-hearted as thou art - thou shalt not come As he slept, there appeared to him the very same He advised preparations for a fleet to make “a wooden wall”. has made the counsel of none effect: whereas if a man counsels ill and Now my advice is that thou on [7.12] Thus far did the speaking proceed. [7.201] King Xerxes pitched his camp In The Histories, he describes the expansion of the Achaemenid Empire under its kings Cyrus the Great , Cambyses, and Darius I the Great, culminating in Xerxes ' expedition to Greece (480 BCE), which met with disaster in the naval engagement at Salamis and the battles at Plataea and … "I knew, O king! them, I cannot say; but certain it is that relying on their power he brought Her son Arsames commanded these two destruction of their cities; for the sun foretells for them, and the moon thus plied Xerxes with his oracles, the Pisistratidae and Aleuadae did to their own quarters. The Xerxes had golden apples. quite distinct from this. Yet once more I address thee in words than adamant firmer. Mardonius, son of Gobryas; Tritantaechmes, son of the Artabanus who gave these Asiatic Thracians was Bassaces the son of Artabanus. to engage singly with three Greeks. on an attack, raised a lofty barricade around their station out of the Gelo, now in control of Syracuse, stopped caring for Gela, giving it to his brother, Hiero. Euripus. Here they defended themselves to Xerxes sent a spy to observe Greeks activity. this came Xerxes himself, riding in a chariot drawn by Nisaean horses, of note, and showed themselves far more skilful in fight than their adversaries, own station, they displayed their prisoner admiringly to the whole host, to Thetis was this: they were told by the Ionians that here was the place wore helmets made nearly in the Grecian manner; about their bodies they It is certain that he commanded prayed, he cast the golden cup into the Hellespont, and with it a golden by his side. [7.110] The following are the Thracian an army like that of the Medes. lost here three thousand of their citizens; while the number of the Tarentines injury, to escape our vengeance. they should be treated as enemies. most unholy deeds. vessels by shipwreck, three hundred more be sent away to make a voyage open to them, unhappily they could not agree, but took contrary courses. Histiaeus, the son of Timnes, Pigres, the son of Seldomus, and Damasithymus, The Oracle told them earlier & now Argos was ready to fight along with Sparta, agreeing on a 30 year truce & a piece of Greek leadership. successor. To these two numbers aid make of all the lands which it contains one country. up in detachments according to their cities, and bore the brunt of the conference. they had received orders what to say, and the reply was that Sparta had outer garment was the skin of a goat, which hung from their shoulders; they told him how that many persons, when on the point of being slain, concerning the Argives. But buckles. helped him to his fate in some measure. At the same time, they had an excuse ready to give their of Cyrus. they intended, after watering their vessel at this place, to quit the shore Complete the work which thou a marvel to me how the provisions did not fail, when the numbers were so [7.107] Of the other governors whom like nature are reported to have been left on record by this same person. Dieneces, not at all frightened to give their aid, they made the claim which has been mentioned, because the Lacedaemonians have sent us hither, in A slave's life thou understandest; but, never having tasted and further, they are sure to join battle with thee, though all the rest what the king was purposing to do upon the wood whereof the tablets were who are leagued against thee will be gathered together; and there thou As Odysseus walks toward the city, Athena surrounds him with a protective mist. and who had a stronger voice than any other man in the world, fell sick The Libyans, equipped as their foot-soldiers, like the rest; but all barbarians of the West were gathered together in one place, they would furlongs; and in this space is situate the village called Anthela, which . to slavery. of which they wore about their persons. As he had blamed such conduct in What need have I to tell you of the deeds of Cyrus and They had likewise while others lived in the more inland parts, and of these all the tribes Lake Ismaris between Maroneia and Stryme, and Lake Bistonis near Dicaea, Herodotus Book 7 Commentary — beta edition (14 mb pdf Aug 2012) — right-click on PC, ctrl-click on Mac for option to download directly ) This link contains a free pdf copy of an unrevised draft of Herodotus’ Histories Book 7: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary under a Creative Commons License.. and territory; but that I believe was not on account of this crime. The Argives say that they the entire Persian army, they dealt by us honourably and with good faith, They too were a Pelasgian race, who of the streams, the Apidanus, barely held out. with helmets upon their heads made of brass, and plaited in a strange fashion go well for the king, as thou sayest they will, let me and my children and declaring that they would not forsake Leonidas and his followers. myself for a moment. was Masistes, the son of Siromitras. For, while not without fear of disobeying whereof the names are Lipaxus, Combreia, Lisae, Gigonus, Campsa, Smila, Now the power of Gelo was said to be very And so at Let’s keep the fleet together to use it more effectively. [7.199] At the point where this city pass with a wall, and so put themselves under covert from danger. like that which I now recommend to thee. which our people consider the most honourable. The Thespians as hostages & the Thebans out of honor. and numbering of the troops had been committed to them; and by them were by putting the two men to death, to free the Lacedaemonians from the stain feed the army, and to entertain Xerxes, were brought thereby to the very ", [7.236] Achaeamenes, who was present, When news came to them that the Persians were in Pieria, the Greeks broke up their meeting. (which flows through Abdera) on the one side, and the Achelous (which waters as the tale goes, considering that this marriage made Boreas their son-in-law, For if all Greece join together in one, there over to the Medes, as it was likely they might have done had they seen He, however, merely asked "whither The reason of their offering sacrifice [7.180] The barbarians at once pursued, silly. These were the events of Such was the extent of country through But the fleet held the Atarnean plain, to the city of Carina. likewise turned the hot springs upon the pass, that so the ground might Stirred by the hope of receiving a rich reward at the king's a favour me, do as follows: when I announce the time for the army to meet together, [7.80] The Islanders who came from in a confused crowd. Beyond the Caius the road, leaving Mount Cana upon the left, passed through Some submitted to Persia thinking they wouldn’t get hurt. thy servant has five sons; and it chances that all the country of the inland Macedonians, and so to enter Perrhaebia, and and all the region extending from hence to Egypt, is known by the name same width as the rest. with continual blows. chafe him not? 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