Not long ago, the Athenians were to hold 20 ships from the Corinthians to deal with Aegina, and now has a great fleet in the Saronic Gulf. Construction of harbors and the walls had not been completed when the autumn of 481 BC. e. a rumor that the depths of Asia in Sardis is a huge army, with the help of numerous fleet to conquer Greece.
For this campaign, Xerxes gathered in Kritalle in Cappadocia all the forces of the state, both land and sea, pulling them to the shores of the Caspian and Black Seas, as well as Ethiopia and India. The army consisted of 46 different nationalities, a fleet of ships of 10 vassal states, a number of islands and individual cities.
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