The Battle of Marathon

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Author Rice, Jr. Earle
Binding Library Bound
Copyright 2012
Dewey Number 938.03
Interest Level Middle
Reading Level 7.1
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Series Technologies and Strategies in Battle
Series ISBN 9781612280790
Pages 48
Subject 490 B.C, Battle Of, Greece, Marathon

The Battle of Marathon

Late in the summer of 490 BCE, a Persian invasion force landed on Grecian shores at the Bay of Marathon. At the command of King Darius I, the invaders aimed to punish the Athenians for their role against the Persian kings forces in the Ionian Revolt a few years earlier. The outnumbered Athenians called on nearby Sparta for help, but their sister city-state delayed sending troops because of an ongoing religious festival. Faced with a decision whether to fight a defensive holding battle while awaiting help from Sparta, or to attack the invaders right away, the Athenians elected to attack. With the help of some 1,000 warriors from neighboring Plataea, about 10,000 Athenians charged a Persian army of at least twice their numbers on the Field of Marathon. By days end, the Athenians and their allies had thrust open the doorway to Greeces Golden Age.


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