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all the other cities resolved with one accord to follow the Ionians, wherever they should lead the way. 152. When the ambassadors of the Ionians and Æolians arrived at Sparta, (for this was done with all possible speed,) they made choice of a Phocaean, whose name was Pythermus, to speak in behalf of all; he then, having put on a purple robe, in order that as many as possible of the Spartans might hear of it and assemble, and having stood forward, addressed them at length, imploring their assistance. But the Lacedaemonians would not listen to him, and determined not to assist the Ionians: they therefore returned home. Nevertheless the Lacedaemonians, though they had rejected the Ionian ambassadors, despatched men in a penteconter, as I conjecture, to keep an eye upon the affairs of Cyrus and Ionia. These men arriving in Phocaea, sent the most eminent person among them, whose name was Lacrines, to Sardis, to warn Cyrus in the name of the Lacedaemonians, “not to injure any city on the Grecian territory, for in that case they would not pass it by unnoticed.” 153. When the herald gave this message, it is related that Cyrus inquired of the Grecians who were present, who the Lacedaemonians were, and how many in number, that they sent him such a warning. And when informed, he said to the Spartan herald, “I was never yet afraid of those, who in the midst of their city have a place set apart, in which they collect and cheat one another by false oaths; and if I continue in health, not the calamities of the Ionians shall be talked about, but their own.” This taunt of Cyrus was levelled at the Grecians in general, who have markets for the purposes of buying and selling; for the Persians themselves are not accustomed to use markets, nor have they such a thing as a market. After this, Cyrus, having intrusted Tabalus a Persian with the government of Sardis, and appointed Pactyas a Lydian to bring away the gold, both that belonging to Croesus and to the other Lydians, took Croesus with him, and departed for Ecbatana, for from the first he took no account of the Ionians. But Babylon was an obstacle to him, as were also the Bactrians, the Sacae, and the Egyptians; against whom he resolved to lead an army in person, and to send some other general against the Ionians. 154. But as soon as Cyrus had marched from Sardis, Pactyas prevailed on the Lydians to revolt from Tabalus and Cyrus; and goinggown to the sea-coast, with all F
the gold taken from Sardis in his possession, he hired mercenaries and persuaded the inhabitants of the coast to join him; and then having marched against Sardis, he besieged Tabalus, who was shut up in the citadel. 155. When Cyrus heard this news on his march, he said to Croesus; “Croesus, what will be the end of these things? the Lydians, it seems, will never cease to give trouble to me, and to themselves. I am in doubt whether it will not be better to reduce them to slavery; for I appear to have acted like one who, having killed the father, has spared the children; so I am carrying away you, who have been something more than a father to the Lydians, and have intrusted their city to the Lydians themselves: and then I wonder at their rebellion 1" Now he said what he had in contemplation to do: but Croesus, fearing lest he should utterly destroy Sardis, answered, “Sir, you have but too much reason for what you say ; yet do not give full vent to your anger, nor utterly destroy an ancient city, which is innocent as well of the former as of the present offence: for of the former I myself was guilty, and now bear the punishment on my own head; but in the present instance Pactyas, to whom you intrusted Sardis, is the culprit; let him therefore pay the penalty. But pardon the Lydians, and enjoin them to observe the following regulations, to the end that they may never more revolt, nor be troublesome to you : send to them and order them to keep no weapons of war in their possession; and enjoin them to wear tunics under their cloaks, and buskins on their feet; and require them to teach their sons to play on the cithara, to strike the guitar, and to sell by retail; and then you will soon see them becoming women instead of men, so that they will never give you any apprehensions about their revolting.” 156. Croesus suggested this plan, thinking it would be more desirable for the Lydians, than that they should be sold for slaves; and being persuaded, that unless he could suggest some feasible proposal, he should not prevail with him to alter his resolution: and he dreaded also, lest the Lydians, if they should escape the present danger, might hereafter revolt from the Persians, and bring utter ruin on themselves. Cyrus, pleased with the expedient, laid aside his anger, and said that he would follow his advice: then having sent for Mazares, a Mede, he commanded him to order the Lydians to conform themselves to the regulations proposed by Croesus, and moreover to enslave all the rest who had joined the Lydians in the attack on Sardis; but by all means to bring Pactyas to him alive. 157. Cyrus then having given these orders on his way, proceeded to the settlements of the Persians. But Pactyas hearing that the army which was coming against him was close at hand, fled in great consternation to Cyme ; and Mazares the Mede having marched against Sardis with an inconsiderable division of Cyrus's army, when he found that Pactyas and his party were no longer there, in the first place compelled the Lydians to conform to the injunctions of Cyrus : and by his order the Lydians completely changed their mode of life: after this Mazares despatched messengers to Cyme, requiring them to deliver up Pactyas. But the Cymaeans, in order to come to a decision, resolved to refer the matter to the deity at Branchidae, for there was there an oracular shrine, erected in former times, which all the Ionians and AEolians were in the practice of consulting: this place is situated in Milesia, above the port of Panormus.* 158. The Cymaeans therefore, having sent persons to consult the oracle at Branchidae, asked “what course they should pursue respecting Pactyas, that would be most pleasing to the gods:” the answer to their question was, that they should deliver up Pactyas to the Persians. When the Cymaeans heard this answer reported, they determined to give him up ; but though most of them came to this determination, Aristodicus the son of Heraclides, a man of high repute among the citizens, distrusting the oracle, and suspecting the sincerity of the consulters, prevented them from doing so; till at last other messengers, among whom was Aristodicus, went to inquire a second time concerning Pactyas. 159. When they arrived at Branchidae, Aristodicus consulted the oracle in the name of all, inquiring in these words: “O king, Pactyas, a Lydian, has come to us as a suppliant, to avoid a violent death at the hands of the Persians. They now demand him, and require the Cymaeans to give him up. We, however, though we dread the Persian power, have not yet dared to surrender the suppliant, till it be plainly declared by thee what we ought to do.” Such was the inquiry of Aristodicus; but the oracle gave the same answer as before, and bade them surrender Pactyas to the Persians. Upon this Aristodicus deliberately acted as follows; walking round the temple, he took away the sparrows and all other kinds of birds that had built nests in the temple; and while he was doing this, it is reported, that a voice issued from the sanctuary, and addressing Aristodicus, spoke as follows: “O most impious of men, how darest thou do this 2 Dost thou tear my suppliants from my temple?” Aristodicus without hesitation answered, “O king, art thou then so careful to succourthy suppliants, but biddest the Cymaeans to deliver up theirs?” The oracle again rejoined: “Yes, I bid you do so; that having acted impiously, ye may the sooner perish, and never more come and consult the oracle about the delivering up of suppliants.” 160. When the Cymaeans heard this last answer, they, not wishing to bring destruction on themselves by surrendering Pactyas, or to subject themselves to a siege by protecting him, sent him away to Mitylene. But the Mitylenaeans, when Mazares sent a message to them requiring them to deliver up Pactyas, were preparing to do so for some remuneration ; what, I am unable to say precisely, for the proposal was never completed. For the Cymaeans, being informed of what was being done by the Mitylenaeans, despatched a vessel to Lesbos, and transported Pactyas to Chios, whence he was torn by violence from the temple of Minerva Poliuchus by the Chians, and delivered up. The Chians delivered him up in exchange for Atarneus; this Atarneus was a place situate in Mysia, opposite Lesbos. In this manner Pactyas fell into the hands of the Persians; therefore having got possession of Pactyas, they kept him under guard in order that they might deliver him up to Cyrus. And for a long time after this, none of the Chians would offer barley-meal from Atarneus to any of the gods, or make any cakes of the fruit that came from thence; but all the productions of that country were excluded from the temples. Thus the Chians gave up Pactyas. 161. Mazares, after this, marched against those who had assisted in besieging Tabalus; and in the first place he reduced the Prienians to slavery, and in the next overran the whole plain of the Maeander, and gave it to his army to pillage; and he treated Magnesia in the same manner: and shortly afterwards he fell sick and died. 162. On his death Harpagus came down as his successor in the command; he also was by birth a Mede, the same whom Astyages king of the Medes entertained at an impious feast, and who assisted Cyrus in ascending the throne. This man being appointed general by Cyrus, on his arrival in Ionia, took several cities by means of earthworks; for he forced the people to retire within their fortifications, and then, having heaped up mounds against the walls, he carried the cities by storm. Phocaea was the first place in Ionia that he attacked. 163. These Phocaeans were the first of all the Grecians who undertook long voyages, and they are the people who discovered the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas, and Iberia, and Tartessus." They made their voyages in fifty-oared galleys, and not in merchant-ships.” When they arrived at Tartessus they were kindly received by the king of the Tartessians, whose name was Arganthonius; he reigned eighty years over Tartessus, and lived to the age of one hundred and twenty. The Phocaeans became such great favourites with him, that he at first solicited them to abandon Ionia, and to settle in any part of his territory they should choose; but afterwards, finding he could not prevail with the Phocaeans to accept his offer, and hearing from them the increasing power of the Mede, he gave them money for the purpose of building a wall round their city; and he gave it unsparingly, for the wall is not a few stades in circumference, and is entirely built of large and wellcompacted stone. 164. Now the wall of the Phocaeans had been built in the above manner; but when Harpagus marched his army against them, he besieged them, having first offered terms: “that he would be content if the Phocaeans would throw down only one of their battlements, and consecrate one house to the king's use.” The Phocaeans, detesting slavery, said, “that they wished for one day to deliberate, and would then give their answer;” but while they were deliberating they required him to draw off his forces from the wall. Harpagus said, that “though he well knew their design, yet he would permit them to consult together.” In the interval, then, during which Harpagus withdrew his army from the wall, the Phocaeans launched their fifty-oared galleys, and having put their wives, children, and goods on board, together with the images from the temples, and other offerings, except works of
* It will be proper to remark, that there were two places of that name;
and that this must not be confounded with the port of Panormus, in the vicinity of Ephesus. Beloe.