Sestos and Byzantion

After the allied fleet under Xanthippus defeated the Persians at Mykale, decisions had to be made on whether to continue the counter attack, or to return to Greece. The Greeks sailed back to Samos but not before taking on board the booty and burning the Persians’ ships. On Samos, they assembled in a naval council to debate the future of the Greeks from Ionia. Read more

The Battle of Mykale

In the spring of 479 BCE, although defeated at Salamis, the Persians were still in control in most of the Ionian cities. Their citizens revolted against this and asked Athens for support. In response, 40 triremes of the remaining Athenian fleet, under command of Xanthippus, sailed from to Delos where… Read more