I VOW TO SEEK REVENGE ON ATHENS AND EXPAND MY EMPIRE!
The Battle at Marathon
Ha! Their armor is so light!
I fear we may lack proper training
Rejoice! We conquer!... oh no I'm dying
Omg he's dead!
We won! We cannot give up hope!
In 546 B.C, Greek cities; Ionia and Aeolia fell into Persian hands after the Persian conquest of Lydia. After the Athenian revolution, several Greek cities became involved in a rebellion against the Persians. The revolt lasted six years until finally in 494 B.C the Persians defeated the Ionians. The Persians enslaved the Ionians and decided to invade Greece itself due to Athens sending help. Furthermore, because of Athens sending aid, Darius The Great vowed to seek revenge on Athens.
In 490 B.C, a Persian fleet carries 25,000 men across the Aegean sea, and landed northeast of Athens. There, 10,000 Athenians awaited their arrival. The Athenians were outnumbered but due to the Persians light armor and lack of training in land combat, the Persians lost, later fleeing and losing over 6,000 men.
Thermopylae pt 2
After the Athenian army defeated the Persian army, the Athenians ordered a messenger -- Pheidippides to run to Athens and announce their victory, so Athens would not give up their city without a fight. He ran 26 miles, and upon reaching Athens shouted, "Rejoice! We conquer!" Then died from exhaustion.
Xerxes- Darius the Great's son, later assembled an enormous invasion force to crush Athens to honor his father's vow. 7,000 Greeks and 300 Spartans blocked Xerxes way. Xerxes underestimated their fighting ability and the Greeks stopped the Persian advance for 3 days. A traitor later informed the Persians of a secret pass that led the Persians around, surprising the Greeks. As a result, the Greeks feared defeat and the 300 Sparta held them back while the other Greek forces retreated. All Spartans were killed.
Defend Greece or die trying!
The Spartans valiant sacrifice later made a great impression on the Greeks, inspiring them to fight together against the Persians.
LETS FIGHT THE PERSIANS!
In honor of the Spartans that lost their lives, I think we should unite together against the Persians.
At the battle of Salamis, the Greeks positioned their fleet in a narrow channel. Due to the channel being narrow, Persian ships had difficulty turning, while small Greek ships attacked with battering rams. This strategy gave the Greeks an upper hand and lead to their victory, destroying the threat of the Persians.