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As regards the number of the Barbarian ships, Aeschylus the poet, in his tragedy of ‘The Persians,’ as though from personal and positive knowledge, says this:—

But Xerxes, and I surely know, had a thousand ships
In number under him; those of surpassing speed
Were twice five score beside and seven; so stands the count.
1 The Attic ships were one hundred and eighty in number, and each had eighteen men to fight upon the decks, of whom four were archers and the rest men-at-arms.

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