Marathon 490 BC

The first Persian invasion of Greece

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Marathon 490 BC

The first Persian invasion of Greece

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Osprey's study of the first Persian invasion of Greece in 490 BC. 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 490BC 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.

Table of 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

Product details

Published Oct 18 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841760001
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 92 b/w; 29 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 108
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Nicholas Sekunda

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Richard Hook

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