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By Christian Cameron

Two and a part thousand years in the past, the Greeks and the Persians fought an epic conflict to make a decision the way forward for the world...

Arimnestos of Plataea grew up eager to be a bronzesmith, like his father. Then, within the chaos of warfare, he used to be taken to a urban within the Persian empire and offered as a slave. To win his freedom he needed to convey that he may struggle and kill. Now, to maintain that freedom, he needs to kill again.

For the Persians are coming. an enormous military despatched by way of King Darius to place down the rebellious Greeks and burn the town of Athens to the floor. status opposed to them at the simple of Marathon is a way smaller strength of Athenians, along their Plataean allies. To defeat such overwhelming strength turns out very unlikely. And but to yield may suggest the destruction of every little thing the Greeks have dreamed of.

In the dirt and warmth of Marathon, within the conflict of shields and the frenzy of spears, amid the thunder of hooves and the screams of the loss of life, these desires will endure their fiercest try out - and Arimnestos and his Greek comrades will become aware of the real fee of freedom.

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The realm isn't easy. 7 the following day, it rained, and the subsequent as wel, which used to be as wel for al the Greeks, as many folks had smal wounds, aches and pains that may no longer have served us wel within the warmth of conflict. The Samians started to behave badly. a lot of their oarsmen refused to patrol, regardless of the Persian fleet being simply twenty stades around the bay. Their peculiar behaviour enraged the Lesbians and the Chians. there have been fist fights, accusations of cowardice. We at the shore of Miletus have been protected against al that, yet now not from the Persian military laying siege to Miletus. as though the unstated truce of the video games used to be over, the Persians attacked our sentries the very subsequent sunrise, taking pictures males at the wicker wal we’d woven to guard our ships, just like the Achaeans at Troy. while it occurred back the next day to come, i made a decision to do whatever approximately it. at the 3rd evening, Idomeneus, Phrynichus, Philocrates and al at the 3rd evening, Idomeneus, Phrynichus, Philocrates and al our marines slept, for those who care to cal it that, out within the rain, at the rocks north of our camp. It used to be a depressing evening, lengthy and tedious, yet we have been rewarded whilst, after a lashing thunderstorm that concealed the 1st paling of the sky, we heard the teltale conflict of steel on stone that heralded the Persians relocating as much as their ordinary harassment place. This morning’s attackers have been a dozen Lydian peasants with slings, and a hand of tangible Persians, al officials come for the thrill, conversing quietly as they moved around the rocks, their tremendous bows already strung. They walked to a similar element at the rocks they'd used the day ahead of. Our northernmost sentry was once fuly obvious, his darkish cloak well defined within the becoming gentle, and al 5 Persian officials drew jointly and enable fly. I’m definite al their arrows hit the objective, yet I didn’t see, as I was once relocating. And the ‘sentry’ was once made from baskets, besides. I don’t bear in mind a lot of the 1st a part of that struggle, simply because there has been so little fight. The Lydians have been simply shepherds, and they surrendered. no longer the Persians. The Persians have been a more durable proposition, 5 of them and 4 folks on a gentle piece of rock. it could actually were a part of the video games. They got here at us once they observed us. My first opponent was once an older guy with a heavy beard dyed brilliant purple with henna. He had an awl at his belt and a quick sword lined in appealing goldwork that shone within the emerging sunlight. sword coated in appealing goldwork that shone within the emerging solar. I take note in need of that sword. I had a protect, my mild Boeotian, and a spear – one of many brief ones we used then, a man’s spear, now not the sort of lengthy stuff you use this present day. fact to tel, a guy with an awl and a quick sword has no probability opposed to a guy with a defend. yet not anyone had advised the outdated guy, and he got here for me quickly and decided – like a guy who knew his instruments. I placed my spear-point into his chest, and it glanced off – he had a coat of scales below his cloak – yet I knocked him down with the strength of my blow.

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