The Persians sent 80,000 men to fight against 11,000 athenian hoplites. The athenians were badly out numbered. They sent their best runner, Pheidippides to get help from Sparta
The two sides would not attack as the athenians had no archers and the Persians did not want to send weaker men to fight of the well trained athenian warriors. So, all the Athenians could hope for was the help from Sparta. Two sides waited for 11 days and no one still attacked. There were 10 generals, each general were to lead the army each day, but on each day, they gave up their position for Miltiades, a general
On the 11th day of the Persians landing, Miltiades to attack the Persian army with a phalanx formation.
The Greeks charged like barbarians, when they got close, they raised their shields to absorb the arrows that the Persians shot. Until the bows were useless, the Persians then went to melee combat, when they went melee, the greeks broke off their formation spread out. The weaker forces in the middle and the more powerful forces on the wings while the Persians did the opposite
After the battle, surprisingly, the athenians won, with only 197 deaths out of 11,000 and 6,400 deaths in the Persian army, they fled to their navy, the the athenians on their heels.
After their win, they sent Pheidippides to run to Sparta that they had won and did not need their help anymore. Pheidippides was dying from exhaustion, before he died, he got the word to Sparta, saying that they would not have to go to Athens. This battle was called the Battle of Marathon in the honour of Pheidippides running from city to city.