Darius was forced to retreat after two months, losing 80 000 people, not counting patients. Having reached his camp on the Danube, he found still usable pontoon bridge, protection of which was in the hands of the Greeks, in the service of Darius. One of them, the ruler of the Thracian Chersonese, Miltiades, incited by the Scythians, who returned to the shores of the Danube, advised to destroy the bridge, but the others have opposed this.
Darius went back to Asia via the Hellespont, leaving Europe's part of his army under the command of an experienced commander Megabase; last conquered the Greek city on the Bosphorus, the Propontis and the Hellespont, then reached the Thracian coasts, until the Strymon river in Macedonia, and took possession of the latter. Thus, in the hands of the Persians were two-thirds of the coast of the archipelago with the main Greek centers, and most importantly - very important for the Greeks, the sea route to the Black Sea, through which the bread was in Greece. Greek Interests seriously injured, but could suffer even more if the Persians had used all his benefits and would apply in practice the former at their disposal a fleet; Greeks, apparently, not aware of the seriousness of the situation.
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