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  • Causes Of The War
  • Battle Of Marathon
  • Thermopylae
  • The Ionian Greeks asked for help from Greeks on the mainland. King Darius I of Persia was angry that the Athenians had helped the Ionians rebel against the persian
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  • Pheidippides sprinted just 26 miles from MArothon to Athens to warn them of the approaching Persian force. Legend says that when he got to Athens, he yelled."Rejoiee,we conquer!" and then dropped dead. Since they had advace notice, the Athenians were able to fight the invators back rather than surrender. Darius i was forced to return to Persia defeated and embarrased by the Athenians yet again.
  • Plataea 
  • For one of the few times in Greek history, Athens and Sparta united to defend themselves agaist the persins. The spartan kin, Leonidas< led a small army of just 300 Spartans worriors to defend the pass at Thermopylae.
  • The aftermath of the war
  • Themistocles tricked Xerxes into beliving the Athenian navy was retreating and the massive Persian navy pursued them into a small strip of sea off the island of Salamis. The Persian ships were much larger than the Greeks and were not built for confined spaces. The huge Persian navy found it could  not maneuver and was trapped.
  • The Greeks defeted the Persians that were left behind to fight. End of war
  • Athens created the Delian League League: an alliance with other city states to protect themselves if Persia ever again invaded. Athens rebuilt their city-states more splendorous that ever, and experienced its Golden Age of economic and cultural magnificence.
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