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  - Steve Downes - Goodreads

excellent read, well written and well researched Read full review

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User Review  - Larry Van bibber - Goodreads

I was disappointed in this book. It started with 200 pages of background before it got around to the battle of Marathon.It covered the battle and consequences in 60 pages. The background leading to ... Read full review


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