490 BC Battle Of Marathon
The Battle of Marathon occurred on September 12, 490 BC. The Persians, under King Darius, were set to invade Greece in the First Persian Invasion of Greece. But Athens was there to fight them back on the beach at Marathon.
In earlier years, the city-states of Athens and Eretria had aided the Greek settlements in Ionia to rebel against the Persians, who ruled them at the time. Athens and Eretia were defeated and drive home, then the Persians ended the Ionian's rebellion.
After the Persians ended the rebellion, they decided to retaliate against the Greeks and prepared to invade. They landed on the beach at Marathon, close to the city of Athens. Athens was able to restrict them to the beach, but was greatly outnumbered, and so Athens sent for help. They sent a runner to Sparta. Upon arriving in Sparta, he was told they starting an important celebration, and were unable to send help until it was over. It would be ten days.
Athens kept them pinned down, but before the Spartans arrived, the battle began. No one is sure why. The Athenians were able to win, somehow, and then marched around Cape Sounion to prevent a second landing by the Persians. The Persians went home in defeat. King Darius planned a second invasion, but there was not another sent for 10 years, until King Darius’ son, Xerxes, came to power and invade Greece himself.
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