The Battle Of Marathon
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  • 1. The Battle of Marathon
  • 2. Legend of Marathon
    The legend of marathon is that a messenger was sent from Marathon to Athens
    To deliver the news of the victory
    The poor guy had to the entire 25 miles which is 40km
    He arrived in Athens and announced the good news and died of exhaustion
    For the organizers of the first modern Olympic Games—held in Athens in 1896—it only made sense to include this insanity as part of the event
    Olympic Games ever took place in the year 776BC. However, they back to the battle of Marathon.
  • 3. Background
    The Battle of marathon is one of the histories that most famous military engagements
    It is also one of the earliest recorded battles
    In September 490BC, King Darius led his Persian army attack on Greece which resulted in the Battle of marathon
    Their mission was to destroy the Greek states in retaliation for their support of their Ionian cousins who had revolted against Persian rule
    The Battle is considered a defining moment in the development of European culture
  • 4. Battle
    Many other kings from far away eyed Athens as a prize colony to add to their kingdoms
    When the Athenians heard of this they were extremely scared
    One city agreed to help and sent their army to Athens, however, they were weaker than others and the Athenians did not think that it would help too much
    They were particularly hoping that Sparta help them in battle, but they were in the middle of a fetival to pray to Pan (God of nature and wildlife)—Spartans prayed to pan to help the Athenians
    Pan heard them and promised to send a disease to afflict the Persian army
    An Athenian general devised a war plan the night before the Persian attack that was original and had never been used before
    The next morning, a battle began at the Battlefield of Marathon
    The plan worked well, and the Athenians saw the Persian soldiers were breaking their ranks and nothing could get them back to order
    When the Persian army had been worried, the disease Pan had promised suddenly attacked
    This disease still exists today—It is called panic
    The Persian army was easily defeated