The Persian Wars. 3.4 | East v. West. First, our narrator . Everything we know about the Persian Wars comes from the Greek historian Herodotus First person to write down history, for the sake of writing history Accuracy is another issue, as is bias. Ionia. The western coast of Asia Minor
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3.4 | East v. West
The Persian fleet begins unloading their army
An outnumbered Athenian army decisively defeated the Persians
Absolute shock [Persian reputation] – messenger sent to AthensThe Battle of Marathon 490 B.C.
7,000 Greeks and 300 Spartanswere sent to defend the Thermopylae pass
A choke point in Greece’s mountainous terrain to hold the Persians
The point was to hold the Persians long enough to mobilize all Greek armiesThe Battle of Thermopylae 480 B.C.
Revenge at last, but the Athenians were not there
The entire population had taken to the seaXerxes Burns Athens 480 B.C.
Ambush and complete destruction of the Persian fleet
The 180,000 strong Persian army lost its supply chain
The bulk of the army was forced to return to Persian territoryThe Battle of Salamis 480 B.C.
The Greek army organized by the Spartans could now defeat it
The Battle of Plataea 479 B.C.The Persians Retreat