Since the barbarians were thus separated in their flights, so
the body of the Greeks was similarly divided; for the Athenians and Plataeans and Thespiaeans
after those who had set out for Thebes
, and the
Corinthians and Sicyonians and the Phliasians and certain others followed after the forces
which were retreating with Artabazus; and the Lacedaemonians together with the rest pursued the
soldiers who had taken refuge within the palisade and trounced them spiritedly.
The Thebans received the fugitives, added them to their forces, and then
set upon the pursuing Athenians ; a sharp battle took place before the walls, the Thebans
fighting brilliantly, and not a few on both sides, but at last this body overcome by the
Athenians and took refuge again within Thebes
After this the Athenians
withdrew to the aid of the Lacedaemonians and joined with them in assaulting the walls against
those Persians who had taken refuge within the camp; both sides put up a vigorous contest, the
barbarians fighting bravely from the fortified positions they held and the Greeks storming the
wooden walls, and many were wounded as they fought desperately, while not a few were also slain
by the multitude of missiles and met death with stout hearts.
Nevertheless the powerful onset of the Greeks could be withstood neither by the wall the
barbarians had erected not by their great numbers, but resistance of every kind was forced to
give way; for it was a case of rivalry between the foremost peoples of Greece
, the Lacedaemonians and the Athenians, who were buoyed up
by reason of their former victories and supported by confidence in their valour.
In the end the barbarians were overpowered, and they found no mercy even
though they pled to be taken prisoner. For the Greek general, Pausanias, observing how superior
the barbarians were in number, took pains to prevent anything due to miscalculation from
happening, the barbarians being many times more numerous than the Greeks; consequently he had
issued orders to take no man prisoner, and soon there was an incredible number of dead. And in
the end, when the Greeks had slaughtered more than one hundred thousand of the barbarians, they
reluctantly ceased slaying the enemy.