Marathon: The Battle That Changed Western Civilization

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Duckworth Publishers, Jun 24, 2010 - History - 352 pages
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The Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. is not only understood as the most decisive event in the struggle between the Greeks and the Persians, but can also be seen as perhaps the most significant moment in our collective history. 10,000 Athenian citizens faced a Persian military force of more than 25,000. Greek victory appeared impossible, but the men of Athens were tenacious and the Persians were defeated. Following the battle, the Athenian hoplite army quickly covered 26.5 miles from Marathon to Athens to defend their port from the Persian navy. Although they had sped there in heavy armour, the Athenians won the battle and drove the Persian forces from Attica. Greek freedom ensued and the achievements of the culture became much of the basis for Western civilization. In this comprehensive and engrossing treatment, Richard A. Billows captures the drama of that day 2500 years ago and the ramifications it has had throughout Western history.

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

It is important to remember that the available sources about any of these ancient battles is really few and far between. This book is well written and I have enjoyed reading it. The Marathon battle (Chapter 5) is well done and leverages all available sources. Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Childs - Goodreads

This surprised me in what I liked and disliked about it. I found the first couple of chapters to be fascinating. Each chapter was broken up into topics that would basically help one understand how the ... Read full review


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