Book 5

5.31 Aristagoras went to Sardis to sell Artaphrenes on the idea of capturing Naxos, which might lead to other conquests in the Aegean.

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5.32 Artaphrenes, after consulting with Darius, prepared a fleet of 200 triremes for the expedition, with his cousin Megabates as general.

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5.33 En route to Naxos Aristagoras & Megabates fought over M.'s punishment of one of the fleet's captains. M. took revenge by warning Naxos.

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5.34 Thus the Naxians were prepared for the attack. The Persians could not take the island and abandoned the attempt after a 4-month siege.

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5.35 Aristagoras was worried bc of his failure. Meanwhile, Histiaeus sent  him a msg via a tattooed slave, urging him to revolt from Persia.

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5.36 Aristagoras talked w/his peeps. All but Hecataeus agreed Miletus should revolt. 1st they would arrest the generals of the Naxos fleet.

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5.37 Aristagoras resigned his tyranny & drove other tyrants out of Ionia. He gave the arrested generals (who were tyrants) to their cities.

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5.38 Most let their tyrants go but the Mytilenaeans stoned Cöes. Aristagoras next sailed to Sparta looking for allies to help w/the revolt.

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5.39 At this time Cleomenes, the son of Anaxandrides and his 2nd wife, was one of Sparta’s kings.

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5.40 Anaxandrides had been asked by the ephors to take a second wife because his first had not borne children. So he had two wives at once.

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