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The Battle of Marathon, Part 1

One morning in late summer 490 BC, an army of about 9,000 Athenians with 1,000 allies from Plataea woke early to the news that the mighty Persian foe were heading their way. The navy of the mightiest Empire in the world had landed some twenty-six miles from Athens. After days of stand-off, the fight was on. For the Greeks this was a fight for survival.
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