The Athenians fully understood serious religious obligations and were prepared to wait for the Spartans to arrive to help them. However the Athenian army spotted an opportunity when the Persian cavalry was being embarked and ran in for the kill against the now-unsupported weaker Persian infantry.

Their religious obligation concleded, the Spartans took to the road and marched non-stop 60 miles to the scene but were too late. They went on to view the battlefield, congratulated the Athenians on their fine performance, and went home somewhat disappointed at having missed out on a good stoush. No malice here on either side. The Athenians helped the Spartans put down a rebellion in Messenia 30 years later.

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