Herodotus, 1 4.8-11

 

“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.