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Persian War

Persian War

War between greeks and persas that took place in the V century B.C. That war determined the future of Greece and Europe

Dario I and his 200.000 men army confronted 10.000 hoplitas led by Milciades in the plain of Marathon. The Athenians killed 6000 persas meanwhile they only lost 192 soldiers.After the Battle, Pheidippides, ran 42,2 Km, to address the news of the victory to the citizens of Athens. After the effort, he died.

Persia was the greatest empire that the world had ever seen.. Darius I, in his aim of controlling the Mediterranean sea, was ready for the next rival: the greek polis. He gathered a huge army: 200.000 men and led it towards Greece.But the Greeks were not disposed to accept the persian supremacy. THE PERSIAN WAR HAD STARTED.

500 BC

Despite being greatly inferior in numbers, 500.000 persians against no more than 7000 Greeks, the Greeks held the narrow pass for three days with Spartan King Leonidas fighting with a small force of Spartans and other Greek hoplites. Ultimately the Persians took control of the pass, but the heroic defeat of Leonidas stopped the advance of the Persas and provided time enough to organize polis in the final battle of Salamis.

Athens was set fire after Thermopylae, but no greek died because they fled to the Salamis island. Themistocles, the athenian general, knowing the superiority of his triremes (greek boats), decided to confront Xerxes army in a naval battle which would rank as one of the greatest and most significant in antiquity. The victory of the Greeks was followed by the most flourish period of the greek history.


Ancient History


Battle of Marathon

Battle of Thermopylae

Battle of Salamis

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The protagonists

Darius I







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