While Alexander continued to defeat Persian forces on land, the Persian fleet attempted to provoke the League fleet to battle. Despite Parmenion's urging, Alexander had several reasons to avoid combat. First, he feared that a defeat would expose a weakness and encourage rebellion in Greece. More important, he recognized that he had little to gain from engagement, as he could more gradually dissolve the Persian fleet by cutting off its access to the ports he controlled. Alexander therefore made the momentous, if risky, decision to disband the League fleet and maintain only twenty Athenian ships.After Miletus, Alexander's next objective was Caria, which had been ruled by Pixodarus, the satrap who tried to marry his daughter to Alexander's half-brother. Pixodarus himself
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