WARTIME: A History Series

S02E14: The Persian Wars: The First Invasion and the Battle of Marathon

May 29, 2014

At the dawn of the 5th century BCE, two worlds collided in epic and dramatic fashion as the mighty Persian Empire waged war against the city states of Greece. Beginning as a minor rebellion in the far western fringe of Darius’ empire, the conflict would explode into a full scale war that would last for five decades. Spanning dozens of battles of costing thousands of the lives, the Greco-Persian Wars have shaped western imagination for over two thousand years. In the first of this two part episode, we discuss the roots of the hostilities, the Ionian Revolt, the first Invasion of Greece and the battle of Marathon.

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