Admetus, hearing his words, raised him up, together with his own son, from the place
where1 he sat holding the child in his arms,
which was the most solemn form of
Not long afterwards the Athenians and Lacedaemonians came and pressed him to give up
the fugitive, but he refused;
and as Themistocles wanted to go to the King, sent him on
foot across the country to the sea at Pydna (which was in the kingdom of Alexander).
There he found a merchant vessel sailing to Ionia, in which he embarked; it was2 driven, however, by a storm to the
station of the Athenian fleet which was blockading Naxos.
He was unknown to his fellow passengers,
but, fearing what might happen, he told the
captain who he was and why he fled,
threatening if he did not save his life to say that
he had been bribed to take him on board.
The only hope was that no one should be allowed to leave the ship while they had to
remain off Naxos;
if he complied with his request, the obligation should be abundantly
The captain agreed,
and after anchoring in a rough sea for a day and a
night off the Athenian station, he at length arrived at Ephesus.
Themistocles rewarded him with a liberal present;
for he received soon afterwards from
his friends the property which they had in their keeping at Athens, and which he had
deposited at Argos.
He then went up the country in the company of one of the Persians who dwelt on the
coast, and sent a letter to Artaxerxes the son of3 Xerxes, who had just succeeded to the throne.
The letter was in the following words:
—“I, Themistocles,4 have come to you, I who of all Hellenes did your house the greatest injuries so
long as I was compelled to defend myself against your father; but still greater benefits
when I was in safety and he in danger during his retreat.
And there is a debt of gratitude due to me
” (here he noted how he had forewarned Xerxes
at Salamis of the resolution of the Hellenes to withdraw5
, and how through his influence, as he
pretended, they had refrained from breaking down the bridges)6
“Now I am here, able to do you many other services, and persecuted by the Hellenes for
Let me wait a year, and then I will myself explain why I have come.