COM 415 Lecture 9: com_334_

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Persians looking over sea to greece and want to take them. 499 bce first revolt of persian rule. Sent by athenians to run as fast as he could to sparta to ask for help - 147 mi in 2 days. Would only help when moon was full. Praised for the rest of their lives. Led the greek army to victory at marathon. After using the greek fleet for personal gain for power he was sent. Battle of thermopylae to prison where he died. Xerxes (son of darius i) by 480 bce plans for revenge. Sparta needed to wait for religious holidays. One of the archons, leonidas, agreed to help athens. Spartans didn"t want to because of their religious holidays. Held off persians for 3 days until a traitor assisted the persians by telling them a path they could take to sneak up on the spartans. Alerted of a path where the greeks were. Xerxes best naval commander was a woman.

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