Marathon 490 BC

Marathon 490 BC

The first Persian invasion of Greece

Campaign 108
  • Author: Nicholas Sekunda
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: CAM 108
  • Publication Date: 18 Oct 2002
  • ISBN: 9781841760001
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

The story of the Marathon campaign is an epic of the Ancient World. When the Ionian Greeks revolted against their Persian overlords in 499BC, the cities of Athens and Eretria came to their aid. The Persian King Darius swore vengeance and in 490BC a fleet of 600 ships packed with troops was sent to take revenge on the Athenians. At Marathon the Greeks met the Persians in battle and drove them in rout back to their ships. The moral effect of this victory was enormous - for the first time a Greek army had defeated the Persians and demonstrated the superiority of hoplite tactics.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his Ph.D. in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland. Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his deep knowledge of Native American material culture; and has illustrated more than 30 Osprey titles. Richard is married and lives in Sussex; his three children Adam, Jason, and Christa are all professionally active in various artistic disciplines.

Contents

Introduction
The Historical Background
The opening Stages of the Campaign
Greek Preparations
The Athenian Army
The Pre-Battle Phase
The Opening Battle
The Persian Rout
The Place of Marathon in History
Visiting the Battlefield
Bibliography
Index

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