499 BC the Greek cities
in Ionian (Minor Asia) got besieged of the Persians and asked help from
Athens. The Persians spread out their territories from
547 BC till
Thrace and Macedonia and granded a hiding-place
for the tyrant Hippias,
one more reason for Athens to intervene.
pushed 498 BC forward till Sardes, but then
near Ephesus they got defeated totally and pulled back to Athens. Miletus
was still fighting till 494
BC. But then the Persians destructed it
totally and the revolt stopped.
So like this
started also the conflict between Athens and the Persians, which never
forgot them for the support to the Ionian cities.
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