[gets on soapbox] So a Hellenic city much larger and more cosmopolitan than Athens, the birthplace of classical philosophy and science, rebels against the Persian empire, whose regional capital is a day's ride away. Without the protection afforded by the Aegean Sea. Without any delusions about the power of Persia and what it did to rebellious states. Then fights a desperate war with sieges, triumphs, epic naval battles, betrayals, and calamities.I'm not familiar with it - just googled in fact - but sounds fascinating.
And this rebellion is virtually unknown, even among amateur enthusiasts of the classical world. Why? When Herodotus himself was an Ionian Greek? I guess losers don't make for compelling subjects (the population of Miletus was enslaved after the rebellion). [gets off soapbox]
Funny, but I've modelled one of my protagonists on Aspasia. She must have been an exceptional personality.Yes, Athens is really tough - apart from a very few exceptions, like Aspasia, most women, at least in richer households, were pretty much confined to domestic life. Either you go with it, or you write about a different world.
180k words into a first draft that I expect to hit 220k. First book in a planned trilogy.How far along are you with your book?
How about you?