King of Persia, decided he wanted to conquer the Greeks in 490 BC. He gathered a vast army of soldiers that outnumbered any army the Greeks could muster. They boarded the Persian fleet and headed to Greece
Battle of Thermopylae
Persian fleet landed at the Bay of Marathon, about 25 m from the city of Athens. Persians had a lot more soldiers, but underestimated the fighting capability of Greeks. The army of Athens routed the Persian army killing around 6,000 Persians and only losing 192 Greeks
Battle of Salamis
King Xerxes, decided to get his revenge on the Greeks. He amassed a huge army of over 200,000 soldiers and 1,000
The Greeks put together a small force, led by the Spartan King Leonidas I and 300 Spartans. They decided to meet the Persians at a narrow pass in the mountains called Thermopylae
The Persian army continued to march on Greece. When they arrived at the city of Athens, they found it deserted. The people of Athens had fled. The Athenian fleet, however, was waiting off the coast by the island of Salamis.