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Dustin Lee 11/1/2006 World History Block F Persian Wars - By 500 B.C., Athens had emerged as the wealthiest Greek city-state - The subjects of Persia included the Greek city-states of Ionia in Asia Minor - In 499 B.C., Ionian Greeks rebelled against Persian rule Victory at Marathon - The Persians soon crushed the rebel cities - The mighty Persian army landed near Marathon, a plain north of Athens, in 490 B.C. - Overwhelmed by the fury of the Athenian assault, the Persians hastily retreated to their ships Renewed Attacks - In 480 B.C., Darius’ son, Xerxes, sent a much larger force to conquer Greece - By this time, Athens had persuaded Sparta and other city-states to join in the fight against Persia - After defeating the Spartans, the Persians marched south and burned Athens, but the Athenians had already escaped - The Greeks now put their faith in the fleet of ships that Themistocles had urged them to build - The Athenians lured the Persian navy into the narrow strait of Salamis -
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