Persian Empire tried several times to invade and conquer the
Greek city-states in the days of Athens and Sparta. The
Persians were successful at invading but never conquered
Greece. Read how the Greeks won despite overwhelming odds
against them, time after time.
Persian Wars: Greece's Finest
Get down to basics with this easy-to-read article describing
the Greeks' mighty struggles against the mighty Persians.
Includes maps and timeline, as well as interactive windows
describing each of the four important battles.
Herodotus: Greece's First Historian
Herodotus is regarded by many to be the "Father of History," for his famous work The Histories, an account of the causes and particulars of the Greco-Persian Wars. However, his work also includes many fanciful tales, which has led others to term him the "Father of Lies." One thing is for sure: We know a lot more about the Greek world, the Persian world, and the world around both ancient civilizations from what Herodotus wrote down than we ever would have if he had not been compelled to scrawl on scrolls with an eye toward posterity.
This detailed timeline puts the events of the war in
historical perspective. Notice how many years go by between
of the Persian Empire
Know how close Persia was to Greece? Find out using these
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Follow the thread as these essays explain the causes and the
results of Persia's repeated attempts to conquer
Read all about the man who made Persia into a great Empire.
He was followed by two other Dariuses, neither of whom was
as Great as Darius I.
Read the story of Darius's son, who wouldn't take no for an
answer, brought a bigger army than his father ever had, and
still lost battle after battle to the sturdy Greeks.
This historic battle was the first of four great Greek
victories. Badly outnumbered, the Greeks charged and drove
the invading Persians from the field of battle.
This is the famous battle of the Spartans' heroic last
stand. Three hundred Spartans held off thousands of Persians
at the tiny mountain pass near Thermopylae until the rest of
the Greek army could safely retreat.
The big naval battle of the war. Xerxes brought twice as
many ships as the Greeks had, but he still lost, thanks to
Greek smarts and superior seamanship.
This was the last straw for Persia. Athenians and Spartans
fought side by side, driving the Persians from the Greek
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