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PERSIAN WAR The Persian war was a great war It was fought between Greece and Persia Even though the war was fierce and there were many casualties the outcome was great for Greece It brought the Greek city-states together and it also boosted their morale and gave them the confidence they needed to become an even greater empire Athens was the wealthiest Greek city-state in 500 BC But they soon faced a threat of war from the the Persians The Persians had a great empire that spread from Asia Minor all the way to the border of India Persia was a great empire and their territories included the Greek city-states of Asia Minor In 499 BC these city-states began to rebel and Athens sent ships to help them Some people say this was what led to the Persian War Neverless the Persians still easily defeated the city-states Later though Darius the king of Persia sent a huge force of soldiers across the Aegean sea to punish Athens for sending their ships to help out the Greek city-states in Asia Minor The strong and mighty Persian army landed at Marathon in 490 BC The Persian army had so many people that they outnumbered the Athenian army 2 to 1 The Persian Army had horses and archers while the Athenians had none But none the less the Athenian army put all their heart and fury into the battle at Marathon and soon swept the Persians back to thier ship Happy about their victory the Greeks sent Pheidippides their fastest runner to relay the news Now Athens was 262 miles away and they had no horses so he had to sprint
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