The flanks of Mycale behind Priene

The Greek counter-attack lasted between 479 BCE and 478 BCE.


Mycale was the main city-state in the beginning of the new phase of conflict between the Greeks and Persians, that the Greeks would attack the Persians in. The Greeks were again victors there, and Samia and Milesia joined the revolt, openly announcing their intents on rebellion. Here is a photo of Mycale.

Chersonesos and SestosEdit

The Allied fleet sailed to Hellespont to destroy the bridges there, but another force had already achieved this. The Peloponnesians sailed home, but the Athenians attacked the Persian city Chersonesos. The Persians fled to Sestos, the city with the most military strength. However, the governor was not prepared for a siege, which is exactly what the Athenians then did. However, Sestos held for months, causing much discontent within the Greek camp. When the Persians ran out of food, though, they fled again. The next day, the Athenians claimed everything left in the city. Most Athenians were sent to pursue the Persians. They caught the governor of Sestos and the Persian who had destroyed the bridges at Hellespont. The governor, Artayctes was crucified at the request of the populace of Elaeus, who Artayctes had plundered. The area peaceful now, the Greeks sailed to Athens.


In 478 BCE, the Peleponnese and Greeks still in the Hellenic League, they sailed to Crete and subjugated the island. However, the Delian League's repeated campaigns in Cyprus suggests it was not protected.


The final location in the extremely successful Greek counter-attack was Byzantium. They sieged and captured it with ease, and control of it and Sestos gave the Greeks major command over the straits between Europe and Asia, and also gave them access to trading at the Black Sea. However, the commander alienated many of the troops and was booted from the commander's position. He was put on trial for collaborating with the enemy in Sparta, but was acquitted. He later was accused again, and starved himself to death.

Delian LeagueEdit

The Delian League's campaigns marked the final chapter in the Greco-Persian Wars.