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  • Cause
  • Battle Of Marathon 
  • Battle of Thermopylae 
  • the Persians were taking over Ionian revolt. the Ionian revolt which began 499 B.C.E marked the beginning of the Greek -Persian wars  
  • Battle Of Salamis 
  • After the Ionian revolt,king Darius decided to conquer the city-states of mainland Greece. he sent messengers to ask for presents of Greek  earth and water. The presents would be a sign that the Greeks agreed to accept Persian. 
  • Battle Of Plataea
  • After king Darius died, his son, king Xerxes, organized another attack on Greece. Xerxes put together a huge army of more than 180,000 soldiers. To get his army in Greece, Xerxes chose to cross the hellespont, a narrow sea channel between Europe and Asia  
  • Effect 
  • when news of the slaughter at Thermopylae reached Athens its citizen panicked.they boarded ships and sailed for nearby islands they left in such a hurry that they had to leave their pets behind legend has it that one loyal dog swam alongside a ship following its master all the way to shore, where it died.    
  • After the defeat at salamis, Xerxes fled with some of his soldiers. he was afraid the Greeks would get to the Hellespont first and destroy the bridges he had built. As it turned out, the bridges had already been wrecked by a fierce storm Xerxes had to ferry his men across the water by boat 
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