Glos, the Persian admiral in the Cyprian War, who had deserted from the King and had called
upon both the Lacedaemonians and the king of the Egyptians to make war upon the Persians,1
was assassinated by certain persons
and so did not achieve his purpose. After his death Tachos took over his operations. He
gathered a force about him and founded on a crag near the sea a city which bears the name of
Leuce and contains a sacred shrine of Apollo.
A short time
after his death a dispute over this city arose between the inhabitants of Clazomenae and those
of Cymae. Now at first the cities undertook to settle the matter by recourse to war, but later
someone suggested that the god be asked which one of the two cities should be master of Leuce.
The Pythia decided that it should be the one which should first offer sacrifice in Leuce, and
that each side should start from his own city at the rising of the sun on a day upon which both
When the day was set, the Cymaeans assumed that
they would have the advantage because their city lay the nearer, but the Clazomenians, though
they were a greater distance away, devised the following scheme to get the victory. Choosing by
lot colonists from their own citizens, they founded near Leuce a city from which they made
their start at the rising of the sun and thus forestalled the Cymaeans in performing the
Having become masters of Leuce by this scheme, they
decided to hold an annual festival to bear its name which they called the Prophthaseia.2
After these events the rebellions in
Asia came of themselves to an end.