“The Persians say that they disregarded the women who were kidnapped from Asia but that the Greeks raised a mighty army for the sake of a Spartan woman”
Σφέας μὲν δὴ τοὺς ἐκ τῆς ᾿Ασίης λέγουσι Πέρσαι ἁρπαζομένων
τῶν γυναικῶν λόγον οὐδένα ποιήσασθαι, ῞Ελληνας δὲ Λακε-
δαιμονίης εἵνεκεν γυναικὸς στόλον μέγαν συναγεῖραι …
Herodotus, the historian’s enemy and friend.