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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

034 - Rising Tensions



In this episode, we discuss Darius' failed invasion of Scythia, Megabazos' conquest of Thrace, and the submission of Macedon that brought Persia right up to the foothills of Mt Olympus, at the very borders of mainland Greece; the diplomatic follies of the Athenians; and whether war was or was not inevitable, at least in the last decade of the 500s BC

515 BC - Syloson, the brother of former Samian tyrant Polykrates, enlists the aid of Persia; after brutally retaking Samos, the remaining Ionian poleis submit to Persian-backed tyrannies
513 BC - Darius extends his rule over the Thracian Chersonese but fails to subdue the troublesome Scythian tribes along the northwestern shores of the Black Sea
512-511 BC - Megabazos conquers southern Thrace along the northern Aegean coastline

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Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)


Video/Horse Lords: A Brief History of the Scythians (History Time)




Video/Herodotus & the Scythians: The First Hotbox in History (Sand Rhoman)






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