Tales from the background of old Greece starting with legendary and mythical tales of gods and heroes and finishing with the conquests of Alexander the nice. supplies brief bills of battles and sieges, and of the lads who made Greece an exceptional state. compatible for a long time 10 and up.
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After the victory, Miltiades was once the hero of Athens. He knew that the voters could provide what he selected to invite, so he begged for a fleet of seventy ships. He knew of a land the place gold and treasures have been available in abundance. Thither could he sail and go back to counterpoint the town. The fleet used to be entrusted to him, yet Miltiades didn't sail to the fantastic land of which he had advised, yet, so it really is acknowledged, to the island of Paros. the following within the capital urban, which was once often known as Paros, dwelt a citizen with whom the Athenian had a quarrel. To punish him, Miltiades laid siege to the city, yet many times his assaults have been repulsed. Then at some point as he used to be on his technique to the temple of Demeter, Miltiades used to be seized with unexpected panic. In his haste to go away the sacred grove he leaped over a fence, and in doing so he harm his thigh. whilst he lower back to Athens he was once now not in favour with the folk whom he had deceived. Wounded as he used to be, he used to be carried into court docket on a sofa and was once condemned to pay a heavy high quality. yet he died sooner than he had accumulated the money. in the meantime Darius heard how his military were defeated at Marathon. In his wrath he vowed that he may by no means relaxation until eventually he had conquered Greece. 3 years he spent, getting ready once more to invade Europe. His heralds have been despatched far and wide his huge dominions to assemble jointly a very good military. Horses and corn too the king demanded could be despatched "much greater than prior to. " however the nice king by no means performed his plan of back attacking Greece, for he died in 485 B. C. , after having reigned for thirty-six years. His son Xerxes succeeded to the throne of Persia. bankruptcy XLIII Aristides Is Ostracised 4 years after the conflict of Marathon, Themistocles and Aristides have been the 2 leader voters in Athens. Themistocles needed to make Athens an excellent sea-power, for he used to be convinced that a few day the Persians might go back. He believed that if the Athenians have been in a position to smash the Persian fleet, all will be good. The land forces of the enemy will be powerless to beat Greece. but when Athens used to be to have a greater fleet, Themistocles knew that she needs to first have a greater harbour. the one who the Athenians used was once at Phalerum, the place the ocean nearly reached town. It used to be basically an open roadstead, a spot the place ships may perhaps experience at anchor, which might be of little use to guard vessels from an enemy. Themistocles knew a greater website than Phalerum, the place a powerful harbour could be outfitted. This was once the rocky peninsula of Piraeus, which was once approximately 4 miles from Athens. via his suggestion 3 harbours have been made the following, into which the most important vessels may input. but the outlet to all 3 was once such that it can be closed simply with chains and logs, as a way to hinder the doorway of an enemy. The Piraeus quickly grew right into a huge city, in the event you didn't personal land flocked to the port within the desire of discovering paintings. not just did Themistocles convince the Athenians to enhance the Piraeus, yet he additionally made Athens a very good sea-power. at the present there has been funds to spare within the public treasury, for a wealthy mattress of silver were chanced on in an outdated mine.