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Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization (original 2010; edition 2010)
by Richard A. Billows (Author)
Marathon: The Battle That Changed Western Civilization by Richard A. Billows (2010)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159020168X, Hardcover)
Published to coincide with Marathon's 2500th anniversary, a riveting history of the historic battle
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 ran 26.5 miles from Marathon to Athens to defend their port from the Persian navy. Although they had just run the great distance in heavy armor, 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 Billows captures the drama of that day 2500 years ago and the ramifications it has had throughout Western history.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:52 -0400)
Traces the decisive military confrontation between Greek and Persian forces that led to an unexpected victory for the Greeks and the establishment of Greek cultural practices that became the basis for much of Western civilization.
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