haha, this was our plan! we were going to wait for as long as we had to so we could catch you off guard! Tough luck!
Battle of Marathon
You Athenians! My army has been waiting for you for the past 3 days! Where have you been?!
King Xerxes wants revenge!!!
King Darius sent his armies to go and fight the battle of Marathon. The Athenians never showed up. The Persians started to pack up to go to Athens when they surprised the Persians with a sneak attack and won the Battle of Marathon.
The Battle at Thermopylae
Traitor helps get the Greeks
The Persians got angry that they were easily tricked, so king Xerxes of Persia invaded Greece with 200,000 men. The Spartans and the Athenians came together to protect their Greek city-states.
The Battle of Salamis
Oh no! We're stuck!
A traitor helped the Persians attack the Greeks. They attacked from behind. King Leonidas only kept 300 of his men to stay and fight the Persians. The Greeks lost the Battle of Thermopylae to the Persians.
Pst, come on, they're over here
King Themistocles of Athens made a plan to attack the ships of the Persians. They lured the Persian's big ships into the straight of Salamis. The Athenian ships were small and easy to navigate in the small space in the straight. They trapped the Persians and attacked. The Greeks sank 300 of the Persian's ships. The Greeks won the Battle of Salamis.