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CAMPAIGN No 108 MARATHON 490 BC


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The story of the Marathon campaign is an epic of the Ancient World. When the Ionian Greeks revolted against their Persian overlords in 499 BC, the cities of Athens and Eretria came to their aid. The Persian King Darius swore vengeance and in 490 BC a fleet of 600 ships packed with troops was sent to take revenge on the Athenians. At Marathon the Greeks met the Persians in battle and drove them in rout back to their ships. The moral effect of this victory was enormous – for the first time a Greek army had defeated the Persians and demonstrated the superiority of hoplite tactics.

Contents

Introduction * The Historical Background * The opening Stages of the Campaign * Greek Preparations * The Athenian Army * The Pre-battle Phase * The Opening Battle * The Persian Rout * The Place of Marathon in History * Visiting the Battlefield * Bibliography * Index

  • AUTHOR: Sekunda/Hook
  • FORMAT: 96pp Bw/col 246x198 Pb
  • Code: 12131

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