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Athens vs Persia

Post  Joshua T on Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:32 pm

When the Greeks colonized throughout the Mediterranean Sea, the came into a conflict wit the Persians. The Greek Ionian Colonies were located on the coast of Persia. The Persians were frustrated that the Ionians were not paying taxes. They went to the Ionians and offered them soil and water, the Ionians not knowing what it was, the accepted the offer. If the water and soil was accepted, this would mean that you agree to being a part of Persia, therefor you must pay your taxes. The Ionians still refused to pay taxes, so they revolted against the Persians. Huge mistake! The Athenians wanted to help the Ionians, but the Persians quickly defeated them and cut them off. This occurred in 499 B.C. In 490 B.C., Darius wanted to seek revenge against the Athenians for helping the Ionians. The Athenians knew they were coming so they attempted to call for alliances but it failed. The Spartans said that they were in the middle of a religious festival. The Persian ships sailed to the Bay of Marathon, just 20 miles away from Athens. The Persians decided to wait for the Athenians to arrive. There were 100,000 Persian troops and only 20,00 Athenian troops. The Athenians arrived and the way started. The Persians decided to do a sneak attack on the Greeks by sending 18,000 cavalry troops behind the Athenian camp. An Athenian spy told the Athenians what the Persians were up to. The Athenians decided that now was the time to attack. The Persians surrendered and they retreated back to Persia. Phidippidies ran from Marathon to Athens, to tell the Athenians about the heroic victory. Seconds later, Phiddipidies died. Xerxes became the new Persian emperor and he wanted to seek revenge against the Athenians, This time 300 Spartans would accompany the Athenians. In 480 B.C. the Persians invaded with 180,000 troops. The Athenians put together a Navy. It was nothing nearly as close to what the Persians had. During the Battle of Thermopylae a Greek force of 7,000 people held off the Persian army for 2 days. Thermopylae was a narrow passage that only allowed 100 Persians to fight at the same time. 300 Spartans were slaughtered during the span of 2 days. This bought time for the Greeks to regroup back in Athens and get on their ships. The Persians followed and they burned down Athens. Luckily the Athenians were already board on their ships, so the city was isolated. The Persians saw the Athenians fleeing to Salamis and their boats. The Persians followed. The Persians got on their boats and the followed. Huge mistake! The Greeks quickly turned around and rammed the Persian boat with their rams that were attached to the bottom of their boats. The Greeks are once again, undefeated for the second time straight.

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Re: Athens vs Persia

Post  Dzazo on Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:16 pm

That's a great post and thse are very good points that you made there. I really would like that the wars that they make now are not with atomic bombs or nothing, instead, weshould fight with guns, sword, spears, or even our bear hand! But nowadays people are killing civilians with atomic boms and this is destroying the world! the world is getting destroyed because of bombing and stuff like that, this gets me very mad and I wish we could do something about that. Good post though...

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Post  JasmineW on Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:27 pm

The Greeks had great war tactics and thanks to the fact that Athens focused greatly on education, they were able to come up with intelligent plans to deceive their opponents. Awesome post Josh! Smile
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Post  Yasper on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:13 am

Greeks had very good tactics and that is why they beat the persians and expanded their civilizatiion. These wars are very interesting to learn about and there are like 3 of them. Good Job Joshua!

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