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In September of 490 BC The Greco-Persian war rages on in the Marathon Plain of Northwest Attica The Athenians have just repulsed the first Persian invasion of Greece The Greek army was vested to ten different generals each controlling one day of battle The generals were evenly divided on whether to wait for the Persians to attack or to attack them A civil official Callimachus who decided to attack broke the tie Four of the generals ceded their commands to the Athenian general Miltiades making him commander in chief The Greeks did not want to face the Persian cavalry on the open plain but before dawn the Greeks learned the cavalry was temporarily absent from the Persian camp Miltiades ordered a general attack on the Persian army He led his contingent of 10000 Athenians and 1000 Plataeans against the Persian force of 15000 By re-enforcing his battle lines flank thus decoying the Persians best troops into pushing back his center where they were surrounded by inward-wheeling Greek wings According to legend an Athenian messenger was sent from Marathon to Athens a distance of 25 miles where he announced the Persian defeat before dying of exhaustion That tale became the basis for the modern marathon race Herodotus tells that a trained runner Pheidippides was sent from Athens to Sparta before the battle to request assistance from the Spartans He is said to have run some 150 miles in about two days Through all the fighting there was one tradition that continued through all the ages For centuries Olympic games have never stopped The Olympian games were celebrated in the summer every four years in the sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia The order of events is really not known but they believe that the first day was devoted for sacrifices to the gods The second day began with foot races Spectators gathered in the stadion an oblong area enclosed by sloping banks of earth On other
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