I have conquered Ionia, and now it is Persian Territory!
Let's go help the Ionians!
The Persian Wars Begin
I will have my revenge on you, Greece!
Before the Persian Wars began, the Persian king Cyrus II conquered the Greek city-state of Ionia in 546 BC.
The Battle of Marathon
In 499 BC, Greek Ionians revolt with the help from the city-states on the Greek mainland against the Persians, now led by Darius I.
The Battle of Thermopylae
There is a secret trail that you can use to sneak up on the Greeks.
King Darius defeated the Ionian revolt and vowed to punish the Greek city-states for their participation in the revolt. This is when the Persian Wars between Greek city-states and Persia began.
The Battle of Thermopylae Part 2
This... is... Spartaaaaaa!
In 490 BC, Darius I sent a fleet of ships across the Aegean Sea to the coastal plain of Marathon about 25 miles from Athens. After several days of waiting, the Persians decided to move to attack Athens. As the Persians were boarding their ships, they were caught in a surprise attack by Athenian foot soldiers, and the Greeks were victorious.
7,000 Greeks led by King Leonidas of Sparta stood firm against the Persians, now led by Xerxes I, until a Greek traitor showed the Persians a trail that would let the Persians attack the Greeks from the rear.
Very well. Here is your money as promised
King Leonidas found out about the Persian plans and sent all but 300 Spartan soldiers away. This gave Athenian General Themistocles enough time to gather ships.