Book 8

8.81 Aristides accordingly told them how he'd come from Aegina and slipped thru the enemy's blockade. Still, most of them didn't believe it.

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8.82 Now a Tenian ship deserted to the Greeks, & its commander verified Aristides’ news. This & another desertion gave the Greeks 380 ships.

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8.83 So the Greeks prepared to fight. In the A.M. Themistocles urged them to always choose their better natures and to board their ships.

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8.84 The Greeks launched their ships & the Persians attacked. The battle began when an Athenian trireme rammed & got stuck in an enemy ship.

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8.85 The Athenians were opposite the Phoenicians, and the Lacedaemonians faced the Ionians. Most of the Ionians remained loyal to Xerxes.

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8.86 The Persians fought better than they had at Artemisium but they were less disciplined than the Greeks. Most of their fleet was damaged.

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8.87 Artemisia rammed an allied vessel while trying to lose an Athenian tail. That trireme left off pursuit, thinking she'd switched sides.

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8.88 Xerxes happened to see this and was pleased, thinking she'd rammed an enemy ship. "My women have become men and my men women!" he said.

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8.89 More Persians died than Greeks, chiefly because they couldn't swim. The Persians' many ships fell foul of one another in the fight.

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8.90 Xerxes watched the fight from Mt. Aegaleos. When he saw one of his ships perform well, he had his clerks record the trierarch's name.

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