3rd period battle Thermopylae

3rd period battle Thermopylae

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  • We shall do it how Darius did it!
  • A decade later after Darius had died, king Xerxes continued his predecessor, Darius's version.
  • In 480 BCE, Xerxes gathered a HUGE invasion to attack Greece again Darius's way. This time, it was on Thermopylae on the east coast.
  • VICTORY!!!
  • In mid-August in 480 BCE, a small band of Greeks led by the Spartan king, Leonidas held the pass for three days but were killed to a man.
  • You haven't seen the last of Greece!!!
  • At the same time, the Greek fleet managed to hold off the Persians at the indecisive naval battle at Artemision.
  • On the third day, the Persians attacked, brushed aside the Greek flank guard, and annihilated the pars of the Greek army that did not withdraw in time.
  • Together, these battles bought Greece time and allowed for its cities to steel themselves for the bigger challenges yet to come.
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