The way in which Athens came to be placed in
the circumstances under which her power grew was this.
After the Medes had returned from Europe, defeated by sea and land by the
Hellenes, and after those of them who had fled with their ships to Mycale
had been destroyed, Leotychides, King of the Lacedaemonians, the commander
of the Hellenes at Mycale, departed home with the allies from Peloponnese.But the Athenians and the allies from Ionia and Hellespont, who had now
revolted from the king, remained and laid siege to Sestos, which was still
held by the Medes.After wintering before it, they became masters of the place on its
evacuation by the barbarians; and after this they sailed away from Hellespont to their respective cities.
Meanwhile the Athenian people, after the departure of the barbarian from
their country, at once proceeded to carry over their children and wives, and
such property as they had left, from the places where they had deposited
them, and prepared to rebuild their city and their walls.For only isolated portions of the circumference had been left standing, and
most of the houses were in ruins; though a few remained, in which the Persian grandees had taken up their
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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