3PERSIA BACKGROUNDPersians were warriors and nomads who lived in Persia, the southwestern area of what is today Iran.Cyrus the Great united the Persians.The Persians built a large empire, conquering Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Syria, Canaan, and Phoenician cities.
4PERSIA BACKGROUNDDarius came to power in 521 B.C. and reorganized the government.The empire under Darius was divided into satrapies-states, each with a ruler known as a satrap-a protector of the kingdom.The military of Persia consisted of full-time, paid soldiers known as Immortals.
5The Persian WarsAs the Greeks set up colonies in the Mediterranean area, they often clashed with the Persians.By the mid-500s B.C., Persia already controlled the Greek cities in Asia Minor.In 499 B.C. Athenians helped the Greeks in Asia Minor rebel against their Persian rulers….The Greek Rebellion FailedAfter this, King Darius decided to stop the Greeks from interfering in his empire ever again.
6BATTLE OF MARATHONThe Battle of Marathon occurred in 490 B.C. on the plain of Marathon, a short distance from Athens.There were 20,000 Persian troops and 10,000 Greek troops.The Persians waited there several days for the Athenians.When they did not come, the Persian commander ordered the troops back on the boat.When the horsemen were on the boat, the Greeks charged the Persian foot soldiers and defeated them.Legend has it, that the Athenians sent a messenger home with the news. He ran for about 25 miles and with his last breath yelled, “Victory.” Then he diedThus the reason why we called a 26 mile race a Marathon
7The Persian Wars (Continued) After Darius’s death, his son Xerxes became king.He vowed a new invasion of Greece.The Persians had 180,000 troops.Athens and Sparta joined forces to defend against Xerxes’s attack.Greek Army led by Leonidas and were mostly SpartanGreek Navy led by Themistocles and were mostly Athenian
8Battle of ThermopylaeGreeks knew Persians were marching south for shipments of food.Greek Game Plan: Army of 7000 would meet Persians at Thermopylae while the Navy attacks troops transport and supply ships.ThermopylaeDelay TacticGreek Traitor, gives Persians alternate route through mountainsLeonidas, Spartan warrior, sends all but a few hundred troops to safetymen wait in a mountain pass for PersiansHold off Persians long enough for ALL GREEKS to get out of AthensSalamisGreek Navy attacks supply lines and destroys Persians naval force at the Strait of SalamisAble to do this because they had fast ships that could maneuver quickly through the narrow pass.
9Battle of Plataea Greeks in Crete Have a Persian army in Greece with no supplies and no reinforcements.Greek navy and people congregated in Crete.While in Crete in 479 they form the largest Greek Army and head back to Mainland Greece.They attack the Persians at Plataea and the Greek defeat the Persians.
12Marathon (490 BCE) Thermopylae (480 BCE) Salamis (480 BCE) 26 miles from Athens, Greek victoryThermopylae (480 BCE)300+ Spartans at the Mountain pass, Persian victorySalamis (480 BCE)Athenian navy victoriousPlateau (479 BCE)Greek victory
13Fall of the Persian Empire The Persian Empire fell for several reasons.The Persians were weakened by war, and their rulers taxed the people and spent the money lavishly.Persian royal families fought over who was to be king. Many kings were killed by family members who wanted the thronePersian kings had many wives and children and all of the sons were constantly trying to take over the throne6 of 9 rulers after Darius were murdered
14CFU Why did Darius want to fight the Greeks? He wanted revenge on the Greeks because they were trying to rebel against his rule over Persian colonies
15CFUWhat was the 1st battle of the Persian wars?Marathon
16CFU Why was the Battle of Thermopylae only a delay tactic? They knew defeating the Persians was impossible, they only want to delay them so that the Greek Navy had time to get to Salamis and cut off the supply lines.
17CFU While in Crete what did the Greeks do? They formed the strongest and largest army ever known to go back to Greece and fight the Persian
18CFU What is the historical significance of the Battle of “Marathon” We call a 26 mile race a “marathon” because after the Greeks defeated the Persians a man raced back to Athens to tell of the news. He ran about miles