Since the Persian survivors of the battle together with the general Memnon had taken
refuge in Miletus, the king set up camp near the city and every day, using his men in relays,
made continuous assaults on the walls.
At first the besieged
easily defended themselves from the walls, for many soldiers were gathered in the city, and
they had abundant provision of missiles and other things useful for the emergency.
But when the king, in a more determined fashion, brought up siege
engines and rocked the walls and pressed the siege very actively both by land and by sea, and
the Macedonians forced an entry through the crumbling walls, then at last yielding to superior
force, they took to flight.
Immediately the Milesians, falling
before the king with suppliant olive boughs, put themselves and their city into his hands. Some
of the Persians were slain by the Macedonians, others, breaking out of the city, sought refuge
in flight, and all the remainder were taken captive.
treated the Milesians kindly but sold all the rest as slaves.1
Since the naval force was now useless and entailed great expense,
he dismissed the fleet with the exception of a few ships which he employed for the transport of
his siege engines. Among these was the Athenian contingent of twenty ships.2