archon who was leader of the Athenian navy during the
Persian Wars. He persuaded the Athenians to build up their
navy after the victory at Marathon, and the result was the
Greek victory at Salamis. His efforts also coincided with a
prediction by the Oracle of Delphi that Athens would be
saved by "walls of wood." This turned out to be the wooden
ships Themistocles had urged his fellow Athenians to
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Decree of Themistocles
Read how he convinced the people of Athens to abandon their
city rather than be captured by the Persians.
Dates are always helpful in understanding wars.
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