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Title: Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece
  • The Persian Wars

The Persian Wars (490-479 BC)
?Herodotus, a Greek scholar, tells the full story
of the Persian Wars. He is considered to be the
first historian.
?Persians blocked the entrance to the Hellespont,
keeping Athens from trading in the Black Sea.
The Persians controlled former Greek city-states
in Asia Minor.
?This was a clash between East and West. Greeks
had a variety of governments in which the
citizens generally could participate. In Persia,
the ruler was absolute.
Sequence of the War
1. Greeks defeat Persians at Marathon.
10,000 Athenians defeat 25,000
2. Persians try to defeat Athens, but fail. The
Persians wouldnt attack again until 10 years
3. In 480 BC, the Spartans fight a delaying
action at Thermopylae. Leonidas holds off the
Persians with 300 Spartans.
4. Persian soldiers occupied Athens and
completely burned it. The Greeks would then
decide to meet the Persians at sea.
Sequence of the War
5. City-states in Asia Minor revolt.
6. Persian fleet is defeated at sea in the Battle
of Salamis. Xerxes watches as Persians are
defeated by better navigable Greek ships.
7. Emperor Xerxes returns to Persia after defeat
at sea with half of the Persian army.
8. The remaining half of the Persian army is
defeated at the Battle of Plataea ending the
second Persian invasion.
Outcome of the War
1. 140 Greek city-states combined to form the
Delian League, designed to prevent future
Persian attacks. Athens served as the leading
2. City-states were forced to pay yearly dues to
Athens, which used force when needed to keep
the allies in line.
3. The Delian League just became another name for
the Athenian empire. Athens would soon enter
its golden age lasting from 480 to 430 BC.