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King Xerxes son of Darius ascended to the throne of Persia after his fathers death in 486 BC After securing the throne Xerxes began to gather forces to invade Greece By 480 BC he had an army approximately 100000 to 180000 men and a fleet of nearly 600 ships a large army by Greek standards This time instead of an invasion by sea this massive army would cross the Hellespont and march around the Aegean sea and conquer Greece by land Crossing the Hellespont proved to be troublesome to Xerxes and his army They tried to cross the Hellespont with a bridge of boats but the sea became rough and the bridge broke apart When King Xerxes heard of this he was furious and gave orders that the sea should receive 300 lashes with whips The sea did calm down and the second attempt to build a bridge was successful The Greeks heard of Xerxes plan to gather an army and were better prepared for the invasion than in the first Persian War Athenians and Spartans combined with about 29 other city-states under the leadership of Sparta to oppose this powerful army and the Athenians contributed a fleet of 200 triremes for their navy Themistocles an Athenian general urged the army to stop the invasion as far north as they could Finally a place was chosen for the first defence of Greece This place was Thermopylae a pass where it was only 60 feet wide The Persian army arrived at Thermopylae and the Greeks were there waiting This battle is known as The Battle at Thermopylae The pass at Thermopylae was a superb place to withstand an attack Because it was so narrow even with an army as large as the Persians had only a small number could actually fight at any one time This enables very few men to hold off enormous armies for long amounts of time The Greek army
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