City of Marathon

 

The city of Marathon is an ancient Greek city, a small town in the North-East of Athens. In 490 BC 10,000 Athenians beat the 60,000 strong Persian army in the battlefield near the sea. In 490 BC, the Persians wanted to punish the Athenians for supporting rebelious cities of the Persian empire. The Greek soldiers fought courageously, and finally defeated the Persian invaders in the Marathon plain. A messenger Pheidipides (or Pheilipides) run the 40 km back to Athens, to announce their victory and after falls dead. The story of Pheidipides and the result of the battle that saved the newly born democratic form of goverment inspired Pierre de Cubertin to included the marathon race in the program of the first Olympic Games in 1896. Near the city of Marathon where the 192 dead Greek worriers were burried is the memorial tomb surrouned by olive groves. The city and the new "museum of Marathon run' has become a tourist resort, visited by many visitors. Please check the city web site www.marathon.gr