Book 7

7.31 Xerxes entered Lydia w/his army & took a right where the road forks, headed to Sardis, Lydia's chief city. (Left is the way to Caria.)

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7.32 When he got to Sardis he sent messengers to the various Greek cities--all but Sparta and Athens--to demand earth and water.

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7.33 Meanwhile his men were building a bridge over the Hellespont. There's a headland there where the Athenians would later kill Artaÿctes.

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7.34 Xerxes' men built two bridges from Abydus across to this headland, a distance of 1350 yards, but a storm came up & destroyed them both.

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7.35 Xerxes was furious & ordered the Hellespont be whipped and insulted. He also had the supervisors of the construction project beheaded.

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7.36 Other builders then constructed new bridges out of more than 300 ships apiece, across which they stretched cables and built roadways.

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7.37 In the following spring Xerxes left Sardis for Abydus. An eclipse occurred, which was troubling, but the Magi said it was a good omen.

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7.38 Pythius the Lydian now came to Xerxes. He had 5 sons, all going to fight in Greece. He asked that X. allow the oldest to remain behind.

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7.39 Xerxes was furious at Pythius' effrontery. He ordered his men to cut the oldest son in 2 & set the halves on either side of the road.

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7.40 That done, Xerxes’ vast host, and the baggage train and pack animals, marched out of Sardis between the halved remains of Pythius’ boy.

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