Tales from the background of historical Greece starting with legendary and mythical tales of gods and heroes and finishing with the conquests of Alexander the nice. offers brief debts of battles and sieges, and of the boys who made Greece an excellent country. appropriate for a long time 10 and up.

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No used to be the victory yes, than the complete military cried that Philippides may still race once more, yet this time to the Acropolis, to inform Athens that by means of the aid of Pan she used to be certainly stored. "So Pheidippides flung down his protect, Ran like hearth once again; and the distance 'twixt the Fennel-field And Athens was once stubble back, a box which a fireplace runs via, until eventually in he broke; 'Rejoice, we triumph over. ' Like wine via clay pleasure in his blood bursting his center, he died—the bliss! . . . So is Pheidippides chuffed for ever, the noble, powerful guy Who may perhaps race like a god, undergo the face of a god, whom a god enjoyed so good. He observed the land kept he had helped to save lots of and was once suffered to inform Such tidings, but by no means decline, yet gloriously as he begun so that you can finish gloriously—once to shout, thereafter be mute: 'Athens is kept! ' Pheidippides dies within the shout for his meed. " bankruptcy XLII Miltiades Sails to the Island of Paros until eventually the Greeks gained their nice victory at Marathon, in 490 B. C. , they'd continuously feared the Persians. Now their worry was once forgotten. that they had nonetheless a protracted fight sooner than the Persians have been banished from their land, yet, encouraged by means of the reminiscence of Marathon, the Greeks fought bravely and have been yes consistently that they might be the victors. "It was once as if at the day of Marathon the gods had acknowledged to the Athenians, 'Go on and prosper. ' " between those that fought in this well-known box used to be Themistocles. He was once younger then and fought within the ranks, yet he was once but to turn into one of many maximum males that Athens ever knew. Aristides too was once there, of whom as of Themistocles there are various issues to inform; Æschylus, the nice tragic poet, additionally bore fingers at Marathon. whilst the conflict was once over, it used to be discovered that the Athenians had misplaced just one hundred and ninety-two males, whereas of the Persians six thousand 400 lay useless upon the sphere. even so the military of the Persians used to be nonetheless sufficiently big to assault the unwalled urban of Athens. quickly after the conflict a shiny safeguard used to be held on one of many heights of town, and it was once stated traitor had signalled to the enemy that now used to be the time to assault her. yet Miltiades observed the sunshine in addition to the Persians, and guessing what it intended, he took his military again to Athens by means of a compelled march. He arrived in time to work out the fleet of the enemy because it approached the harbour. but if the Persian common observed that he needn't desire to take town unawares, he didn't enterprise to probability one other conflict. a military already flushed with victory may quickly scatter his dejected troops. So he ordered the fleet to sail for Asia. whereas Miltiades used to be creating a compelled march again to Athens, Aristides was once left at Marathon with a band of squaddies to protect the prisoners and the plunder, for his honesty was once already renowned. Neither he himself touched any of the treasures of the Persian camp, nor did he permit his fans to plunder. Callias, the torchbearer, "most merciless and impious of men," did, it really is actual, grab a treasure, yet he did so unknown to Aristides.

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