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Salamis

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Alcibiades

 

Definition: Naval battle that ended in a decisive defeat for Persia. Greek ships were outnumbered but still won. The great naval war hero Alcibiades tricked the Persians into rushing into Salamis Bay, where their large ships proved no match for the smaller, more manueverable Greek ships. While the Persian emperor Xerxes watched from an overlooking cliff, his fleet was virtually destroyed.

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 was won.

More about the Battle
More about the before, during, and after of the wars

Persian Wars Timeline
Dates are always helpful in understanding wars.

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