607 Mycale (479 BC)
Mycale - 479 BC
Persian vs Greek
In the spring of 479 BC, various Ionian cities began a revolt against their Persian rulers, and soon were forced to turn to the Greek mainland for help. A meeting was called in Athens, and a Greek fleet of 110 ships set sail from Delos under the command of the Spartan King Leotychides. The Persians, no longer confident after the crushing naval defeat at Salamis, dismissed their Phoenician naval contingent and moved the remainder of the fleet to Mycale, where they joined forces with the army that Xerxes had led back to Asia. The Greeks expected a naval battle, but when they approached the Persian camp, they found the ships beached and the Persian army in combat formation. The Athenians, under Xanthippus, landed on the beach and during their advance found a herald’s scepter. Believing it was a divine sign that the Greeks had been victorious at Plataea, they charged forward without the Spartans. The Spartans had landed at another site and were still marching around the flank through the hills. The Persians repelled the Athenian assaults for a time, but eventually the Athenians manage to burst through to the Persian camp. The battle continued with no side certain of victory until the arrival of the Spartans, and the desertion of the Ionian Greeks, who joined in the attack on the Persians. The Persian army turned and fled to the mountains. Mycale ended the Persian Wars and the Greek cities in Asia were accepted into a league with Athens.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
Persian Army (Use Persian light tan blocks)
• Leader: Tigranes
• 5 Command Cards
Greek Army (Use Spartan orange and bronze Hoplite blocks)
• Leader: Leotychides
• 6 Command Cards
• Move First
• When a Greek unit occupies a Persian camp hex at the start of his turn, remove the camp hex and gain 1 Victory Banner. In addition, replace all blocks in one Persian Auxilia unit with Greek Auxilia blocks, which represents the Ionian Greeks, who joined in the attack on the Persians. The Greek player, for the rest of the battle, may order this Auxilia unit.
• The Hoplite Infantry Rule is in effect.
• Two Spartan units are special five bronze block MH units.
• The Gaison River is fordable.