Several Ionian Greek city-states decided to revolt against the empire, Athens helped the Ionians. King Darius I was angry that the Athenians helped the Ionians and he declared war in 492 B.C.E.
Battle Of Salamis
The Persians attempted to go to Athens in hope they would surrender without their hoplites. The Athenians had an incredible runner Pheidippides. He warned them of the approaching army. He fell dead after saying " Rejoice we conquer"
Battle Of Plataea
WE WON ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Spartan king and his 300 men went to defend Thermopylae . The Persians killed every single man. The Spartans willingly sacrificed them selves for the greater good. While the rest of the army retreated and prepared for the Persians
After The War....
Delian League: An alliance with other city-states
Themistocles tricked Xeres into believing that they were retreating. The huge Persian ships followed them into a narrow stream off the coast of Salamis. The Persian ships were to large to fit in the narrow stream unlike the Athenians. The Athenian Navy kept smashing the Persian boats.
The Athenians and their allies defeated Xeres army for the last time at the Battle Of Plataea in 479 B.C.E
Athens created the Delian League. Athens rebilt their city and experienced it's Golden Age.