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Marathon

How One Battle Changed Western Civilization

By Richard A. Billows

Published to coincide with Marathon's 2500th anniversary, a riveting history of the historic battle

The Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. is not only understood as the most decisive event in the struggle between the Greeks and the Persians, but can also be seen as perhaps the most significant moment in our collective history.

10,000 Athenian citizens faced a Persian military force of more than 25,000. Greek victory appeared impossible, but the men of Athens were tenacious and the Persians were defeated. Following the battle, the Athenian hoplite army ran 26.5 miles from Marathon to Athens to defend their port from the Persian navy. Although they had just run the great distance in heavy armor, the Athenians won the battle and drove the Persian forces from Attica. Greek freedom ensued and the achievements of the culture became much of the basis for Western civilization.

In this comprehensive and engrossing treatment, Richard Billows captures the drama of that day 2500 years ago and the ramifications it has had throughout Western history.

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Publish Date

2010

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9781590201688


Format: Book
Author: Billows, Richard A.
Summary: Traces the decisive military confrontation between Greek and Persian forces that led to an unexpected victory for the Greeks and the establishment of Greek cultural practices that became the basis for much of Western civilization.
Title: Marathon : how one battle changed Western civilization / Richard A. Billows.
Publisher Date: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2010.
Subject: Marathon, Battle of, Greece, 490 B.C. Iran -- History -- To 640 Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Isbn: 9781590201688 (hbk.) 9780715639085 (hbk.) 0715639080 (hbk.) 159020168X (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Billows, Richard A.
Summary: Traces the decisive military confrontation between Greek and Persian forces that led to an unexpected victory for the Greeks and the establishment of Greek cultural practices that became the basis for much of Western civilization.
Title: Marathon : how one battle changed Western civilization / Richard A. Billows.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2010.
Description: 304 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Marathon, Battle of, Greece, 490 B.C.
Subjects: Iran -- History -- To 640
Subjects: Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-292) and index.
Contents: The Ancient Greeks in the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.E. -- The rise of the Persian Empire -- The Athenian city-state about 500 B.C.E. -- The growth of conflict between Persians and Greeks -- The Battle of Marathon -- The consequences of the Battle of Marathon.
ISBN: 9781590201688 (hbk.)
ISBN: 9780715639085 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0715639080 (hbk.)
ISBN: 159020168X (hbk.)
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Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 938.03 Bil