the persian wars

the persian wars
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  • battle of marathon
  • battle of thermopylae
  • The persians took over lonia which was a Greek settlement in Asia minor (turkey to day) . the Greek sent an army to fight  the persians .
  • Battle of Salamis 
  • king Darius was still angry that Greeks fought them in lonia. he wanted to take over Greek refused . they went into battle against the city state  of marathon .miltiades organized his
  • Battle of Plataea
  • . In 480 BCE, King Xerxes from Persia sent an army 180,000 soldiers to Greece to conquer the city-states. The Spartan King, Leonidas, tried to stop them at Thermopylae. They only had 6,000-7,000 soldiers in their army. They could only hold back the Persians. Leonidas sent all but 300 soldiers home. The 300 fought bravely, but the Greeks lost The Battle of Thermopylae.
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  • After The Battle of Thermopylae, many citizens left Athens because they feared they would be attacked. Within two weeks, King Xerxes burned Athens to the ground. The navy leader, Themistocles, thought of a plan to defeat the Persians. He pretended to be on their side and led them into Salamis, a narrow channel of water. The Greeks attacked and sent 300 Persian ships to the bottom of the sea. The Greeks only lost 40 ships. They won the battle.
  • 479 bce the battle of plataea took place near thebes. The persian king xerxes fought the athenians and spartans . the greeks won and the greeks won the persian wars and drove their army from greece.
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