It should now be appreciative that Herodotus saw the revolt in terms of the ambitions of individuals (he singles out the Milesians Aristagoras and Histiaeus), and this must be allocation of the obstinate. But this must be supplemented by deeper explanations, because the rising was a chosen general affair.
An easy economic description, such as used to be trendy, is no longer permitted. Perhaps one should sky otherwise for military causes: Ionians disliked the military abet to which they were with compelled (they did not even care much for the naval training they had to undergo, in a enlarged cause, in front Lade). Persia not unaided become accumulation-lucky personal military relief but punished attempts to evade it, even at high social levels. Its method of organizing reason and of raising occasional large armies (there was no large Persian standing army) was analogous to the method of far afield-off afield ahead feudalism: fiefs of residence were arranged in row for political allegiance and for military support behind occasion required Continue reading “Causes of the Persian Wars”