The Persians decided to take over the Ionians land and the Ionians didn't want them to so they fought back. They even got help from the Athenians, which later caused a lot of trouble for Greece.
10 years later...
There are so many!
Greece! I told you I'd get revenge!
The Persians landed in the City-State Marathon. The Greeks were outnumbered by a lot by the Persians, but they weren't trained nearly as well as the Greeks. The Persians retreated with a loss of over 6,000 warriors.
The Greeks sent a trained runner, Pheidippides, back to Athens to deliver the news to the city that they had won against the Persians. He ran a total of 26 miles and when he told the city, he later collapsed and died.
We've trapped them!
They're like flys that we can't swat at!
Ten years later after his father (Darius the Great) passed away, Xerxes wanted revenge on Greece. There were 7,000 Greeks at the battle which included 300 Spartans. There were traders on the Greek side that told the Persians that there's a secret path around the battle. They were stopped for 3 days.
There's a trail to get around this..
Guys go! The Spartans got this!
Awesome! Show me!
During the battle, the Greeks couldn't withstand the Persians and they retreated. The only Greeks that stayed were the Spartans. By the end of the battle, all the Spartans were dead and the Persians won.
We've got em now!
This battle was positioned in a narrow channel. The Persians used a large ship that they couldn't turn around in the small space. The Greeks ended up blocking the Persians in and used small ships to attack them. They were like fly's. The Greeks sunk 1/3 of the Persians ship.