But the most difficult thing was to find among the restless Athenians enough people for the hard work the rowers. Despite the fact that there was no Themistocles impracticable plans, from the beginning he ran into strong opposition and Aristide eupatrides whose votes were crucial after the Battle of Marathon. They were opposed to the broad plans of Themistocles, plan to move the center of gravity of the country's defense from land to sea, which was at odds with the historical traditions and the spirit of the laws of Solon, considered as a basis of the state ownership of land and agriculture. For fleet Athenians cherished trust, and especially after the great Ionian fleet failed at Lade and Miletus saved from destruction. At the same time one of eupatrides named Xanthippus, speaking accuser of Miltiades, achieved his conviction, and Aristide was chosen in 489 BC. e. first archon.
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