, Xerses' thane, disembarked the ships on which they had travelled and came to one of the cities in Boeotia, in Greece, and took it by storm.'
Hang him, hang him, hang him!" (23) His lieutenant Mardonius
is appalled, Tigranes is humiliated, and Arbaces can only placate the crowd by giving them what they clearly want: a vision of Tigranes as a monstrously hubristic hero brought low.
In the first issue, he tells the glorious story of the Battle of Plataea (i.e., the unnarrated ending of 300) and the Spartan Arimnestos' defeat of the Persian general Mardonius
there; but then he tells the other story, where later on Arimnestos and 300 Spartiates were ambushed and slaughtered by a group of Helots (1.21-22).
Argos, the old enemy of Sparta, was in cahoots with Mardonius
, informing him of the departure and the size of the Peloponnesian forces which were being sent to Athens.
Intending, like his successor Xerxes a decade later, to invade Attic Greece from the north, Darius dispatched his most trusted general, his son-in-law Mardonius
, to cross from Asia Minor into Thrace and subdue the rest of the Greek states.
With Eric Schoen (Arbaces), Thadd McQuade (Tigranes), Sarah Fallon (Panthea), Miriam Donald (Spaconia), Jason Guy (Gobrias), David Loar (Mardonius
), John Harrell (Bessus),James Keegan (Bacurius), Rene Thornton, Jr.
(21) In this, the Widdow inhabits a structural space similar to that of Mardonius
in Beaumont and Fletcher's A King and No King (1611), which, not incidentally) was performed at least five times during the reign of James II.
lThere is a first for Thierry Jarnet in Sheikh Mohammed's silks when Mardonius
(Andre Fabre) lands the one-mile-six-furlong race at Saint-Cloud from Turgeon (Jonathan Pease/Cash Asmussen).
Herodotus, too, tells us that after Plataea the Spartan king Pausanias was tempted by an Aeginetan to mutilate the corpse of Mardonius
, but found the strength to refuse with noble words of indignation (Herodotus 9.78-9).
The Persian Mardonius
thought it quite senseless (Herod.
After the defeat at Salamis, Xerxes left his army under the leadership of Mardonius
. In 479 bc the Greeks won a complete victory in the battle of Plataea.
The Persian force that remained behind was under the command of Mardonius
, a brave and skilled warrior who intended to quell any further Athenian and Spartan mischief.