In this captivating book, the author recounts the battle of Marathon which took place in 490 BCE. This was the first significant military encounter between the mainland Greeks and the Persian Empire.
But prior to describing the battle itself and its aftermath, the author provides much background information on the two sides in this conflict: the rise of Persia, the rise of Greece, interactions between the Ionian Greeks and Persia, wars between Greek city states, differences in fighting techniques between Greeks and Persians, political shenanigans, religions, etc. The causes of the conflict are also clearly described.
Also very important is the fact that individuals of… Read more