Without rivals on the sea, Polycrates, however, feared the Persian power. He therefore proposed that Cambyses during his campaign against the Egyptian king Amasis, his former friend and ally, a squadron of forty ships, to which he put his political opponents, thinking to get rid of them. On the way to Egypt last rebelled and returned back, defeated Polycrates, released to meet them at the head of the remaining fleet. But for the taking of Samos they did not have the strength, and they turned to Sparta for help against the tyrant, what was given to them to Sparta and Corinth. The Spartans took the first sea campaign ended in failure. Allies besieged Polycrates in his fortified city, perfectly withstood all their assaults, and were forced to forty days to lift the siege. Immediate danger to Polycrates had passed, but he had neither the fleet nor the money to build a new one. At this time, it came to the ambassadors of the Persian satrap Oroeta, invites him in and offer to share with him their treasure, as he Oroet, fell out of favor with Cambyses. Polycrates gave fooled and went; upon arrival, he was arrested and crucified. So ended an eventful and brilliant period Samos sea power.
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