The conclusion of the First Persian war with Greece. The thrilling conclusion was last issue. This is just tying up loose ends. Fear not dear reader, for Greek history is vast and there are many more stories to tell.
Once the full moon had passed, the Spartans reached Athens in 3 days with 2000 men
Of course, they missed the battle by miles
However they insisted at looking at the Persian dead at Marathon
After that they commended the Athenians and marched home.
Soon after in Athens, members of the Alcmeonid family were accused of signalling the Persians to sail to Athens
To my knowledge the family was found innocent on all counts
Using the fame and celebrity gained from Marathon, Miltiades procured 70 ships and troops, claiming that his endevour would enrich Athens.
In reality, he was going to use this force to settle a feud with the city of Paros by sacking it
However Miltiades was overcome with terror as he approached the shrine and, fleeing back over the wall, smashed his leg. The siege was broken and back in Athens Miltiades was put on trial and found guility of misleading the people. He was fined 50 talents of Gold and died in shame due to Gangrene soon after
The city's defences proved too much for Miltiades and his troops. But during the siege Miltiades was told by a woman named Timo that the secret to victory was in the shrine of Demeter
And so it was that at the cost of Histiaeus, Aristagoras, Callimachus and Pheidippides...
Miletus, Macedonia, Eritria, Naxos, The Cheronese, Chios, Thasos, Samos and Countless Ionians. 192 Athenians and 6400 Persians at Marathon alone...
...That Greece was saved from Slavery at the hands of the Persian King Darius and his inummerable hoardes. The year is 490 BC. The Persians have just fled back across the Aegean sea from Athens.
And we are still free.