Battle of Lade
Posted on 25th December 2020
The battle of Lade took place during the Ionian Revolt in 494BC. It was a naval battle between an alliance of Ionian cities and Darius I of Persia.
Greek cities of Asia Minor were dissatisfied with the tyrants appointed by Persia to rule them. The tyrant of Miletus, Aristagoras managed to incite the whole of Ionia into rebellion.
The Ionian Revolt started circa 499BC and as it spread there were battles at Ephesus 498BC and Pedasus circa 496BC. This was followed by a stalemate for the rest of 496BC and 495BC.
In 494BC the Persian army and navy decided to make their way to the centre of the rebellion, Miletus.
The Ionians were to leave the defence of the city of Miletus to its own citizens, while they decided to try and defend it by sea. The Ionian navy gathered at the island of Lade off the coast of Miletus with a fleet of around 350 ships.
The Persian navy attempted to persuade members of the Ionian fleet to defect, but this at first failed; however later the Samian members of the Ionian fleet were to accept, maybe due to the Ionian fleet being outnumbered; the Persian fleet totalled some 600 ships.
As battle commenced between Ionia and Persia, the Samians sailed away. Seeing this, others followed and the Ionian fleet was to collapse.
The Persian fleet had triumphed at the Battle of Lade and the Ionian Revolt was effectively over.
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