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The second Persian war

Post  Jordan Wahba on Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:23 pm

The Persian emperor Darius never returned, but his son emperor Xerxes did. In 480 B.C the Persians returned to Greece. They brought even more men this time around. Led by Spartan warrior king Leonidas and 300 of Sparta’s finest, 7000 Greeks held the Persians back, but… A Greek traitor showed the Persians a secret passageway. This allowed the Persians to sneak up from behind and attack the Greeks. Most of the Greek defenders ran away. About 300 Spartans stayed behind and fought to their deaths. The Persians poured into Greece. They got their revenge by wreaking havoc. They even burned Athens to the ground. What were the Greeks to do? As their city-state burned the Athenian people and the army escaped to the island of Salamis The Persians were quick to follow the retreating Greeks to Salamis. Between the first and second Persian wars, Themistocles urged the Athenians to enhance their navy (200 ships). The Athenian navy would play a key role in their victory. The Greeks ships first sailed from shore like they were fleeing the island. They then turned quickly around and began ramming the Persian ships. Before the Persians knew what had happened half of their fleet was on the ocean floor. The Persians once again retreated back to Persia. Victory in the Persian wars increased the Greeks sense of their own uniqueness. The gods, they felt, had protected their superior form of government, the city state (polis), against invaders from Asia. Athens emerged from the war as the most powerful city state in Greece.
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Post  elena.scates on Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:34 am

It's interesting how the Persians didn't want to give up even though they were repeatedly defeated. It was also brave of the Greeks as they didn't have nearly as big of an army as the Persians did, but they were still smart enough and strong enough to defeat an army that was enormous in comparison to themselves.
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Post  Samuelvela on Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:36 am

It's amazing what the Greeks have accomplished. If it weren't for their bravery in attacking how they did they probably wouldn't have won the war.

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Post  Dominique on Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:22 pm

When I first heard about these wars, I was so sure that the Persians would win because of their military advantage, but the Greeks really stepped it up and won the wars fair and square. Great job Jordan!
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Post  laraschembrisant on Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:00 pm

Throughout history, i believe that the greeks accomplished so much and that they should be more prized in todays world. The persian wars are one of the most important wars form them. It made them who they are today.

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