The history of Greece from the accession of Xerxes to the throne of Persia till the conclusion of the first campaign of that monarch's expedition against Greece.
Accession of Xerxes lo the throne of Persia. Immense preparations of the court if Persia for conquest in Europe. Assembly of the army at Sardis, and of the feet in the Hellespont. March of the army. Muster of the army. Arrival of the army and feet at Theme in Macedonia.
Herodotus relates some anecdotes attributing to Darius an acrimonious resentment against Athens, very repugnant to his general character, as it stands marked by authors of highest credit, and even by what that historian himself has reported, evidently on better authority. Asia, he adds, was agitated for three years by preparations for a second expedition into Greece, to revenge the disgrace of Marathon. Prudence perhaps, not less than honor, would require the attempt; but three years could not be necessary to the resources of the Persian empire for such a purpose; and more important objects in the mean time called the attention of its rulers.
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