Offensive war began on land without any deliberate plan. United forces the Ionians who came from Ephesus, moved to Sardis, defended at a distance of three days' march took the unprotected city and turned everything into ashes, not excluding the temples. Faced with the resistance of the castle Artaferna, and not being able to master it, they began to retreat when they heard of the approach of the Persian troops. The retreat was conducted so disorganized that the Persians caught up with them at Ephesus, and utterly routed. That was the end of the union of the Ionian troops; parts of it have returned to their city; their example, despite all the requests, followed by the Athenians. Ionian fleet sailed to the Bosphorus, the Persians took Byzantium attracted to participate in the uprising of other Greek states and reopened unobstructed sea route to the Black Sea, provided that supply of bread in populous Greek cities. Returning back after that, he led the Carians to join the rebellion. Residents of Cyprus themselves revolted after hearing about the burning of Sardis. The Persians attacked the Greek; to help the latter arrived, the entire Ionian fleet struck the Phoenician, with particularly distinguished Samians. But on land Cypriots could not win due to disorder and were re-subordinated to the Persians.
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