The Battle of Marathon: A Decisive Victory for the Greeks

TLDR The Battle of Marathon was a significant battle in world history where the Greeks, despite being outnumbered, emerged victorious over the Persians. This victory not only pushed back the Persian Empire but also led to the establishment of Athenian democracy and the development of Greek philosophy.

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00:00 The Battle of Marathon was a pivotal battle in world history where the Greeks, despite being outnumbered, managed to win a decisive victory over the Persians.
02:09 The Greeks, a collection of city-states united by language, culture, and religion, had spread out and established colonies around the Mediterranean, Black, and Aegean seas, including in modern-day Turkey, which eventually led to friction with the expanding Persian Empire.
04:03 In 490 BC, Darius launched a punitive expedition against the Greek city-states that had supported the rebellious cities in the Ionian Revolt, starting with the city of Eritrea and then targeting Athens, ultimately landing in Marathon at the suggestion of exiled Athenian Hippias.
05:57 The Athenians assembled an army led by Miltides, who had experience fighting the Persians, and sent a runner to Sparta for assistance, but the Spartans couldn't help until the next full moon, leaving only the small town of Plataea to send help.
07:43 The Athenians, situated between two groves of trees, eventually attacked the Persians, possibly taking advantage of the absence of Persian cavalry, and lined up their forces in a debated formation with a deep center and flanks, sprinting the last 200 meters to lessen their exposure to Persian arrows.
09:25 The Athenians were able to defeat the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, pushing them back to their ships and inflicting heavy casualties, but the Persians still attempted to attack Athens directly until the Athenians blocked their landing and forced them to retreat back to Asia.
11:16 The Battle of Marathon allowed for the creation of Athenian democracy, which became the basis for Republican politics and Western culture, as well as for the later development of Greek philosophy and the works of people like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
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