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For the scourging of the sea cf. vii. 35 n. The burning of temples is proved by the instances adduced (v. 102. 1 n.) and by the ruins of temples never restored seen by Pausanias (x. 35. 2 f., with Frazer). It is strongly affirmed by Aesch. Pers. 809οἳ γῆν μολόντες Ἑλλάδ̓ οὐ θεῶν βρέτη ᾐδοῦντο συλᾶν οὐδὲ πιμπράναι νεώς: βωμοὶ δ᾽ ἄϊστοι, δαιμόνων θ᾽ ἱδρύματα πρόρριζα φύρδην ἐξανέστραπται βάθρων”. But Cicero's idea (de Leg. ii. 10. 26) of an iconoclastic crusade is without foundation.

For ἀλλὰ ... γάρ cf. ch. 8. 1, 108. 4; vii. 158. 3, &c.

Themistocles seems to assume that the Persians will at least retreat from Attica.

ἀποθήκην ... ποιήσεσθαι. In Thuc. i. 137 Themistocles asserts his claim καί μοι εὐεργεσία ὀφείλεται, γράψας τήν τε ἐκ Σαλαμῖνος προάγγελσιν τῆς ἀναχωρήσεως καὶ τὴν τῶν γεφυρῶν, ἣν ψευδῶς προσεποιήσατο, τότε δἰ αὐτὸν οὐ διάλυσιν. For the story of Themistocles' banishment and flight to Persia see Thuc. i. 135-8. He was probably ostracized 471-470, and fled to Persia five years later (Meyer, iii, § 286 n.).

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