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Plataea

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Marathon
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Salamis
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Definition: Land battle that ended the Persian invasions of Greece. In this battle, the Greeks, led jointly by Athens and Sparta, actually had more men than the Persians, mainly because the Persians had left many dead on the Greek fields of battle. The Greek general Pausanias surprised the Persian army and routed it, sending the Persians back home.

Related Resources:
The Persian Wars: Greece's Finest Hours
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.

Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Map of the Battle
See how the battle developed.

More on the Battle of Plataea
Put the battle in perspective with this before-during-and-after look.

Essays on the Persian Wars
These essays give you the before, during, and after of the wars.

Persian Wars Timeline
Dates are always helpful in understanding wars.

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