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His proposals accepted, Themistocles issued orders for the women and children of Athens to be sent to the city of Troezen , safely inside the Peloponnesus. When the Persian fleet finally arrived at Artemisium after a significant delay, Eurybiades, who both Herodotus and Plutarch suggest was not the most inspiring commander, wished to sail away without fighting. In the aftermath of Thermopylae, Boeotia fell to the Persians, who then began to advance on Athens.
The Peloponnesian contingents wanted to sail to the coast of the Isthmus to concentrate forces with the army. Themistocles appears to have been aiming to fight a battle that would cripple the Persian navy, and thus guarantee the security of the Peloponnesus.
To bring about this battle, Themistocles used a cunning mix of subterfuge and misinformation, psychologically exploiting Xerxes's desire to finish the invasion. According to Herodotus, after the Persian navy began its maneuvers, Aristides arrived at the Allied camp from Aegina. Salamis was the turning point in the second Persian invasion, and indeed the Greco-Persian Wars in general.
A number of historians believe that Salamis is one of the most significant battles in human history. The Allied victory at Salamis ended the immediate threat to Greece, and Xerxes now returned to Asia with part of the army, leaving his general Mardonius to attempt to complete the conquest.
The Peloponnesians refused to countenance marching north of the Isthmus to fight the Persian army; the Athenians tried to shame them into doing so, with no success. During the winter, the Allies held a meeting at Corinth to celebrate their success, and award prizes for achievement. In response, realising the importance of the Athenian fleet to their security, and probably seeking to massage Themistocles's ego, the Spartans brought Themistocles to Sparta.
After returning to Athens in the winter, Plutarch reports that Themistocles made a proposal to the city while the Greek fleet was wintering at Pagasae:. So Themistocles told Aristides that his purpose was to burn the naval station of the confederate Hellenes, for that in this way the Athenians would be greatest, and lords of all.
Then Aristides came before the people and said of the deed which Themistocles purposed to do, that none other could be more advantageous, and none more unjust. On hearing this, the Athenians ordained that Themistocles cease from his purpose. However, as happened to many prominent individuals in the Athenian democracy, Themistocles's fellow citizens grew jealous of his success, and possibly tired of his boasting. Both Diodorus and Plutarch suggest he was quickly restored to the favour of the Athenians.
In the aftermath of the invasion, the Athenians began rebuilding their city under the guidance of Themistocles. There, he assured them that no building work was on-going, and urged them to send emissaries to Athens to see for themselves. Themistocles also now returned to his naval policy,  and more ambitious undertakings that would increase the dominant position of his native state.
It seems clear that, towards the end of the decade, Themistocles had begun to accrue enemies, and had become arrogant; moreover his fellow citizens had become jealous of his prestige and power. Furthermore, after the treason and disgrace of the Spartan general Pausanias , the Spartans tried to implicate Themistocles in the plot; he was, however, acquitted of these charges.
Themistocles first went to live in exile in Argos. Themistocles introduces himself to the king and seeks to enter his service: Thucydides and Plutarch say that Themistocles asked for a year's grace to learn the Persian language and customs, after which he would serve the king, and Artaxerxes granted this.
At some point in his travels, Themistocles's wife and children were extricated from Athens by a friend, and joined him in exile. Magnesia about 50 talents per year—"for bread" ; Myus "for opson " ; and Lampsacus "for wine". They say that the King, on learning the cause and the manner of his death, admired the man yet more, and continued to treat his friends and kindred with kindness.
It was rumored that after his death, Themistocles's bones were transported to Attica in accordance with his wishes, and buried in his native soil in secret, it being illegal to bury an Athenian traitor in Attica. It is possible to draw some conclusions about Themistocles's character.