it begins with the battle of marathon in 490 B.C. greece wins this
darius returns to persia to plan a massive attack on athens with intent to burn it to the ground. but he died before he could launch the attack.
dariuses son xerxes comes into power and intends to launch the attack himself. with 300,000 persians.
the persians built a pontoon bridge out of boats and went to greece with his 300,000 persians to attack athens. but battled at the thermopylae pass but athens had 300 spartans. they held back the persians for 3 days but got out flanked. greece lost this.
then comes the battle of salamis where the persian and greek navy face off. the persians having the better of the navies outnumber the greeks nearly six to one but for some reason the greeks come out victorious. xerxes finally realizes that they cannot defeat greece so they return to persia.
when the persian war is finally over athens enters its golden age of history.