The Persian Empire went to attack the Ionian Greeks for their land, but they were not alone. Athens sent over ships full of solider's and supplies. The Persian empire won but their leader King Darius was angry that Athens helped the Ionians.
There are 10,000 of us and 7,000 of them we got this!
The Persians traveled to the Athenians underestimating their battle strategies (phalanx, armor). Even though the Persians had 25,000 soldiers and Athens had 10,000 soldiers, the Persians still lost.
March men, march!
Pheidippides ran 26 miles to tell the Greeks that they won! Against all odds they beat the the Persians with their phalanx and determination! Right after telling people about the victory Pheidippides dies instantly.
The Greeks (on the left) chose to fight in a small Thermopylae so the number difference would be equal while they battle for the win. While the fight was happening a trader told the Persians a secret way around the mountain.
Hey guys this way!
The Persians head around the mountain while all Greek Soldiers leave except very brave 300 Spartans stay volunteerly to fight off the Persian soldiers so everyone eles leave.
The Greek boats were much smaller than the Persian boats, this caused the Greek boats ability to puncture their boats. But the Persians could not do anything because their boats were so big they could not turn around.