He realised that this failed attempt to take over Eretria andAthens would encourage othe Greek city-states to intervene in hisempire so he determined to bring all the mainland Greek city-statesunder control of a Persian provincial governor. He bribed some ofthe cities to agree to this, and planned to mount an expedition tobring the rest under control. He died before he could do this andleft it to his son and successor King Xerxes. His attempt failed atthe battles of Salamis, Plataea and Mycale in 480-479 BCE.

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