Book 9

9.41 After 10 days of inactivity Mardonius met w/advisors. They wanted to win Greece w/bribes. He wanted to ignore the sacrifices & attack.

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9.42 Mardonius summoned his commanders and told them they wouldn't be plundering Delphi: an oracle prophesied their destruction if they did.

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9.43 Mardonius was actually wrong about this oracle referring to the Persians, but I know of other oracles that did have to do with them.

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9.44 That night, while most were asleep, Alexander, the king of Macedon, rode into the Athenians' camp and asked to see their generals.

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9.45 He told them Mardonius planned to attack in the A.M. and they should only share this info w/Pausanias. He ID'd himself, then rode off.

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9.46 The Athenians told Pausanias. He suggested they move to the right wing, opp. the Persians, since they'd fought Persians b4 at Marathon.

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9.47 They switched wings at dawn. Mardonius saw & moved the Persians to his left wing. The Greeks then changed back & the Persians did too.

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9.48 Mardonius sent a herald to mock the Spartans for trying to abandon the right wing. He challenged them to fight the Persians alone.

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9.49 The herald told M the Spartans had ignored him. M sent out his cavalry. They wrecked the spring from which the Greeks were getting H2O.

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9.50 The Greeks met to discuss their problems: continual attacks from the Persian cavalry; dwindling provisions; and now no water.

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