I've never seen anything like that! I'm gonna leave this to Artephernes
Battle of Thermopylae: 480 BC
We have been betrayed. We will die with honor
Aristogoras, the tyrant of Ionia, tries to increase his position by raiding Naxos with Artephernes. This fails because of Aristogoras and he incites a rebellion in fear of the satrap taking away his rule. Athens fully supports the revolt and aids them against Persia. A furious Darius declares war on Athens
Battle of Salamis: 480 BC
Ha! we did it!
AHH!! HOW! my ships are destroyed!!
490 BCE, Darius sails to Greece and lands at the coast of the Marathon plain in Northeast Attica. The Athenian general Militiades prepared for their arrival. Even though Darius's hoplites were outnumbered 2 to 1, they used a phalynx formation tactic, which crushed the Persians. Miltiades crushes Artephernes's force and it is a decisive Athenian victory.
Battle of Plataea: 479 BC
Wait what?? I can't do this alone!!
Uh.. Goodbye! i'll come check on you, Mardonius, next year
10 years later, king Xerxes, the son of Darius I, sets Persia's sights back on Greece to Avenge his father's loss. He travels on land this time, and the only way into Athens is Thermopylae. General Leonidas brings about 7,000 soldiers (not all are spartan) to that passage. After a few days, it comes down to Leonidas and 300 Spartans, who were only defeated because of a traitor.
The Delian League
Join the Delian League! We can defend you from Persia!
Sign us up!
The Greeks have one more chance at winning the war, and the only way is to beat the incoming Persian navy fleet. Athenian general Themistocles tricks the huge persian ships into going to the small straits of Salamis. The smaller Athenian ships outmanuever the Persians in these straits and crush the fleet in a decisive victory.
YES! My plan worked perfectly!
Xerxes attempts one last effort at conquering Greece. He deploys a fleet on land to go to Greece. The Greeks see the Persians near the city of Plataea and attack. They start winning and Xerxes flees and leaves general Mardonius alone, resulting in a decisive win for thr Greeks.
After the war, Athens essentially takes all credit for the victory and persuades all the small city states to come under the protection of Athens in the Delian league. They basically force many to join and demand tribute. They go into a golden age. They had no idea this grew so much tension between them and Sparta that a war is in the near future