Themistocles is interesting, as Herodotus realized, precisely because he was not a martial hero.
And so Themistocles, when quite a lad, said he had done nothing remarkable, for he was not yet envied.
But Themistocles was not the man to be hoodwinked by the simple cunning of the Spartans.
Themistocles said to Antiphales, "Time, young man, has taught us both a lesson."
And as good success had Themistocles in his of the fox and hedgehog.
The king became so attached to him, that Themistocles was always in his company.
The same tale might be repeated about Cimon, Themistocles, Miltiades.
It was obvious to himself and to his party that, were Themistocles removed, Cimon would become the first citizen of Athens.
Critobulus continued, “What was it that Themistocles did to make himself so esteemed?”
So the well-known gifts of the king of Persia to Themistocles.