Persian to Peloponnesian War

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A travesty to the history, BUT nonetheless, a VERY brief presentation that does little more than list a series of events that lead from the 1st Persian War to the Decline of Athens after the Peloponnesian War.

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Persian to Peloponnesian War

  1. 1.  Athenian influence suspected
  2. 2.  Persia sets its sights on Greece
  3. 3.  None comes
  4. 4.  With little help, Athens stuns Persians at the Battle of Marathon
  5. 5.    Other city-states now recognize Persia as a real threat Alliance formed to unite Greece against another Persian attack “the enemy of my enemy becomes my friend”
  6. 6.  Led by the Athenian king Themisticles
  7. 7. Spartan King Leonidas and his elite bodyguard of 300 sacrifice themselves to hold off the Persians  Allows the remainder of Greek forces to fight again another day 
  8. 8.   Persian fleet is destroyed at a naval battle near the island of Salamis Without supplies, Persians are forced to retreat from Greece
  9. 9. Athens urges other city-states to remain an alliance to fight possible future Persian attacks  Many city-states decline, preferring their independent nature 
  10. 10.  Using the naval fleet at their disposal, Athens uses force to interfere with trade
  11. 11.  Sparta negotiates an agreement with Athens to not force other city-states into the league
  12. 12.   Athens violates agreement with Sparta Athens and Sparta go to war

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