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  • Causes of the Persian war
  • Battle of Marathon
  • The Greek soldiers, called hoplites, had perfected a battle formation called Phalanx
  • Battle of Thermoplae 
  • King Darius 1 of Persia was angry that the Athenians had helped the Ionians rebel against the Persia and declared war on Athens and its allies in 492 B.C.E.
  • Battle of Salamis
  • In 490 B.C.E. Athens won this battle because of the phalanx strategy. Pheidippides ran 26 miles to warn Athens.
  • Battle of Plataea
  • In 480 B.C.E. the Persians won this battle. King Leonidas tried to hold back Xerxes army. 300 people died in the army.
  • The aftermath of the war
  • The Persian ships were much larger and were not built for confined spaces. Persians navy found it could not maneuver and was trapped. Smaller ships of the Athenian navy repeatedly smashed into the Persian warships
  • The Athenians and thier allies defeated xerxe's army.
  • Athens created the Delian Legue: an alliance with other city states to protect themselves if Persia ever invaded again.
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