Book 8

8.101 Xerxes asked his Persian peeps for advice, then threw them out and asked Artemisia what he should do.

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8.102 She suggested he withdraw and leave Mardonius to it. If M. succeeded, Xerxes would get the credit. If he failed, it wasn't a big deal.

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8.103 Xerxes was delighted since that's what he wanted to do anyway. He sent her off & had her take some of his kids back  to Ephesus w/her.

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8.104 He sent his favorite eunuch, Hermotimus, off w/them too. H. was from Pedasa. The priestess of Athena there occasionally grows a beard.

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8.105 Hermotimus achieved the greatest vengeance I know of. As a boy, he'd been captured, castrated, and sold as a eunuch by one Panionius.

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8.106 H ran into Panionius, tricked him into bringing his family to him, then forced him to castrate his 4 sons, & the sons to castrate dad.

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8.107 After sending his kids off, Xerxes told Mardonius to pick his troops. That night, his ships left Phalerum, bound for the Hellespont.

Posted on 10-17-18 | Permalink

8.108 The next day the Greeks sailed after the Persians. They debated going to the Hellespont to wreck the bridges. Eurybiades was opposed.

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8.109 Themistocles wanted to destroy the bridges, but in public he supported E's position: best not to prevent Xerxes from leaving Europe.

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8.110 The Athenians thought Themistocles wise. Meanwhile, he sent a messenger to tell Xerxes he'd kept the Greeks from wrecking the bridges.

Posted on 10-20-18 | Permalink





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