The History of Herodotus - Vol. 2

The History of Herodotus - Vol. 2

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The History of Herodotus - Vol. 2

The History of Herodotus - Vol. 2

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How Mardonios led his army from Thessaly to Athens: 1. MARDONIOS, when Alexander had returned back and had signified to him that which was said by the Athenians, set forth from Thessaly and began to lead his army with all diligence towards Athens : and to whatever land he came, he took up with him the people of that land. The leaders of Thessaly meanwhile did not repent at all of that which had been done already, but on the contrary they urged on the Persian yet much more ; and Thorax of Larissa had joined in escorting Xerxes in his flight and at this time he openly offered Mardonios passage to invade Hellas. 2. Then when the army in its march came to Bœotia, the Thebans endeavoured to detain Mardonios, and counselled him saying that there was no region more convenient for him to place his encampment than that ; and they urged him not to advance further, but to sit down there and endeavour to subdue to himself the whole of Hellas without fighting : for to overcome the Hellenes by open force when they were united, as at the former time they were of one accord together,1 was a difficult task even for the whole world combined, “but,” they proceeded, “if thou wilt do that which we advise, with little labour thou wilt have in thy power all their plans of resistance.2 Send money to the men who have power in their cities, and thus sending thou wilt divide Hellas into two parties : after that thou wilt with ease subdue by the help of thy party those who are not inclined to thy side.” 3. Thus they advised, but he did not follow their counsel ; for there had instilled itself into him a great desire to take Athens for the second time, partly from . . .

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