2Background 500’s B.C., Persia expands its borders Desire for more land.Conquers Anatolia (Turkey) and lands around the Aegean Sea.Many Greeks lived in conquered colonies.King Darius leads Persian expedition.
3Ionian Revolt ( B.C.)Greeks living in Anatolia revolted against Persian Rule.AthensHad a strong navySent ships and soldiers to help out.Revolt failed but Persia attacked Athens for help.
4Battle of Marathon Hand to hand combat Persians vs. Athens Marathon = 26 miles from AthensA messenger inform the Spartans and asks them for help.Did not get there in timeHand to hand combat6400 Persians dead, 192 Athenians dead.
5Persians sent back to Persia. Athenian VictoryA messenger was sent to Athens to inform the city of the victory.Collapsed and died when he reached the city.Persians sent back to Persia.
62nd Persian Invasion Darius dies and Xerxes in power. Determined to punish the Greeks for the Ionian Revolt.Greeks united in leagues of alliance to defend their homes.Sparta = Led the ArmyAthens = Led the Navy
7Battle of ThermopylaeSpartans under King Leonidas defended the small pass that led into Athens.Held thousands of Persians with 300 soldiers for two days.Eventually lost but delay gave Athens time to prepare.
8Battle of Salamis (480 B.C.)Naval Battle in the harbor that surrounded Athens.Large Persian ships had a hard time maneuvering.Smaller, faster Greek ships sunk 300 Persian shipsAthenian victory ended Persian invasion.THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT GREEKS UNITED TO FIGHT AN ENEMY