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they placed her in a chariot and drove to the city. Heralds had been
sent forward to precede her, and to make proclamation to this
effect: "Citizens of Athens, receive again Pisistratus with friendly
minds. Minerva, who of all men honours him the most, herself
conducts him back to her own citadel." This they proclaimed in all
directions, and immediately the rumour spread throughout the country
districts that Minerva was bringing back her favourite. They of the
city also, fully persuaded that the woman was the veritable goddess,
prostrated themselves before her, and received Pisistratus back.
Pisistratus, having thus recovered the sovereignty, married,
according to agreement, the daughter of Megacles. As, however, he
had already a family of grown up sons, and the Alcmaeonidae were
supposed to be under a curse, he determined that there should be no
issue of the marriage. His wife at first kept this matter to
herself, but after a time, either her mother questioned her, or it may
be that she told it of her own accord. At any rate, she informed her
mother, and so it reached her father's ears. Megacles, indignant at
receiving an affront from such a quarter, in his anger instantly
made up his differences with the opposite faction, on which
Pisistratus, aware of what was planning against him, took himself
out of the country. Arrived at Eretria, he held a council with his
children to decide what was to be done. The opinion of Hippias
prevailed, and it was agreed to aim at regaining the sovereignty.
The first step was to obtain advances of money from such states as
were under obligations to them. By these means they collected large
sums from several countries, especially from the Thebans, who gave
them far more than any of the rest. To be brief, time passed, and
all was at length got ready for their return. A band of Argive
mercenaries arrived from the Peloponnese, and a certain Naxian named
Lygdamis, who volunteered his services, was particularly zealous in
the cause, supplying both men and money.
In the eleventh year of their exile the family of Pisistratus
set sail from Eretria on their return home. They made the coast of
Attica, near Marathon, where they encamped, and were joined by their
partisans from the capital and by numbers from the country
districts, who loved tyranny better than freedom. At Athens, while
Pisistratus was obtaining funds, and even after he landed at Marathon,
no one paid any attention to his proceedings. When, however, it became
known that he had left Marathon, and was marching upon the city,
preparations were made for resistance, the whole force of the state
was levied, and led against the returning exiles. Meantime the army of
Pisistratus, which had broken up from Marathon, meeting their
adversaries near the temple of the Pallenian Minerva, pitched their
camp opposite them. Here a certain soothsayer, Amphilytus by name,
an Acarnanian, moved by a divine impulse, came into the presence of
Pisistratus, and approaching him uttered this prophecy in the
hexameter measure:-

Now has the cast been made, the net is out-spread in the water,
Through the moonshiny night the tunnies will enter the meshes.

Such was the prophecy uttered under a divine inspiration.
Pisistratus, apprehending its meaning, declared that he accepted the
oracle, and instantly led on his army. The Athenians from the city had
just finished their midday meal, after which they had betaken
themselves, some to dice, others to sleep, when Pisistratus with his
troops fell upon them and put them to the rout. As soon as the
flight began, Pisistratus bethought himself of a most wise
contrivance, whereby the might be induced to disperse and not unite in
a body any more. He mounted his sons on horseback and sent them on
in front to overtake the fugitives, and exhort them to be of good
cheer, and return each man to his home. The Athenians took the advice,
and Pisistratus became for the third time master of Athens.
Upon this he set himself to root his power more firmly, by the aid

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