The Battle of Marathon: Defending Freedom (Video)
The Battle of Marathon, which took place in late summer of 490 BC, was a defining moment in ancient history. The conflict pitted the citizens of Athens, representing the ideals of western democracy and civilization, against the mighty Persian Empire led by Darius I. The outcome of this battle would have far-reaching consequences. The Persian Empire was considered the superpower of its time, boasting a vast and formidable army. On the other hand, Athens, a relatively small city-state, relied on its well-trained citizen-soldiers to defend its freedom. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Athenians, under the leadership of General Miltiades, displayed exceptional tactical brilliance.
Employing a strategy of surprise and speed, the Athenians charged at the Persian forces with incredible ferocity. They managed to break through the enemy lines, causing chaos and confusion among the Persian ranks. The Athenians' superior discipline and skill turned the tide of the battle in their favor. In the end, the Athenians emerged victorious, securing a crucial and unexpected triumph over the Persian Empire. This victory at Marathon was a momentous achievement for Athens, bolstering their confidence and establishing them as a force to be reckoned with in the ancient world.
Top image: The Battle of Marathon. Source: Travel Drawn / Adobe Stock.
By Robbie Mitchell