Carystus

Carystus

For the genus of grass skipper butterflies, see Carystus (butterfly).

Carystus (near modern Karystos) was a city-state that refused to join the Delian League. The Athenians were outraged and attacked Carystus and torched the entire city. Athens employed this tactic frequently, as it was said to be better for the league. This way, a Greek city-state could not side with Persia and offer their city as a base, and also could not get the advantages of a Persian-free Greece without paying their share.

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