4 Dec 2015

The Battle Of Marathon (The Histories Of Herodotus Excerpt)

Sargon of Akkad: The Battle of Marathon was a battle that took place in 490 BC in Attica, Greece, between the independent city-state of Athens and the vast Persian Empire. The Persian force of approximately 30,000 infantry, arches and cavalry landed at the Bay of Marathon to encounter an Athenian hoplite force of approximately 10,000 heavy infantry in a defensive position.

Instead of holding back, the Athenians charged the Persians, routed the Persian wings and turned on the centre, putting the whole Persian army to flight and forcing those left alive to escape via their ships.

The battle was chronicled by Herodotus in his work The Histories (Enquiries).

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