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Describe the significance of the Athenian Themistocles in creating the conditions by which the Greeks were able to defeat the Persian invasion of 480 BCE. Themistocles is known as a politician has a great deal of foresight and anticipating the nature of the threat. Some historians claim him as the greatest statesman in all western civilization for his efforts not only anticipating threats but taking measure to defeat that threat. Firstly, he realized for Athens, naval components are really important for any future threats, especially from Persians. He has tried so hard to convince Athenians that their future would be as a naval power but those Athenians are complacement because hoplite class thinks it would be too expensive to build a fleet and doesn’t want to invest anything in a naval expansion. In 483 BC, silver is found in the Athenian mines at Laurium. He who said silver should be used to build ships has a debate with Aristides who is a hippies who said silver should be distributed amongst Athenian citizens. In the end, Themistocles
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  • Fall '08
  • Philippides
  • Battle of Thermopylae, Persians, Battle of Plataea, Battle of Salamis, Greek Civilization Lecture, Athenian Themistocles

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