Ionia captured by the Persians was filled with distraught citizens and as this grew so did their will, until at last they could bear it no longer, The citizens along with Athenian and other Greek help, rose up and fought their oppressors. Unable to capture the citadel the Ionians set fire to the city, Riding back to Ephesus only to be massacred before ever reaching the city. The remaining troops scattering into the nearby cities
The Persians attempted to force their way through the "weaker" middle front of greek forces. Only to meet a strong defense and to have the out walls of the formations crush them in and divide them into two lines. The crushed forces attempted to flee of which only allowed 6 of their ships to be captured.
Pheidippides having run so long, delivered the word that they had won the battle of marathon. Only to die of exhaustion
Thermopylae was a blockade that held for three days until a traitor led the enemies around.
This way was so useful because it delayed an entire army for three days! An estimated force of 7,000 held off supposedly over 100,000 soldiers
The Persian ships being much too big were quickly outmanuevered by the much smaller greek ships and as such were almost completely helpless.