Herodotus VI: 115


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Greek

ἑπτὰ μὲν δὴ τῶν νεῶν ἐπεκράτησαν τρόπῳ τοιῷδε Ἀθηναῖοι: τῇσι δὲ λοιπῇσι οἱ βάρβαροι ἐξανακρουσάμενοι, καὶ ἀναλαβόντες ἐκ τῆς νήσου ἐν τῇ ἔλιπον τὰ ἐξ Ἐρετρίης ἀνδράποδα, περιέπλεον Σούνιον βουλόμενοι φθῆναι τοὺς Ἀθηναίους ἀπικόμενοι ἐς τὸ ἄστυ. αἰτίην δὲ ἔσχε ἐν Ἀθηναίοισι ἐξ Ἀλκμεωνιδέων μηχανῆς αὐτοὺς ταῦτα ἐπινοηθῆναι: τούτους γὰρ συνθεμένους τοῖσι Πέρσῃσι ἀναδέξαι ἀσπίδα ἐοῦσι ἤδη ἐν τῇσι νηυσί.

Translation

In such a way the Athenians overpowered seven ships. The foreigners rowed off with the rest, and having picked up the Eretrian slaves from the island on which they had left them, they sailed around Sunium hoping to beat the Athenians in getting to the city. There was an accusation at Athens that it was by a scheme of the Alcmaeonidae that they intended this; for it was said that they had, by arrangement with the Persians, held up a shield as a signal when they were still in their ships.