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Marathon 490 B.C
Marathon 490 B.C - Athens crushes the Persian Might
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Historicus Forma

Second book of the new series from Squadron Signal Publications in cooperation with Periscopio Publications about Persian invasion in Greek Peninsula and Eastern Aegean.


The Battle of Marathon is a landmark in world history. Through their victory, the Athenian and Plataean hoplites did not merely save their cities from destruction, but they also destroyed the myth of the 'invincibility' of the Persians and proved the superiority of their armor, weaponry and tactics. More significantly, they opened the way for the unhindered evolution of Athens into a center of a civilization whose virtues and ideals became foundations of Western civilization. Reveals the causes of the Persian invasion, follows the unknown Marathon runner in his run to announce the victory and relates the captivating myths created by the historical battle that still remain a part of the oral tradition of this epic.

The book Marathon 490 BC Athens crushes the Persian Might is from Squadron/Signal Publications.The book is made by Periscopio Publications-Greece for Squadron ,written in Greek and expertly translated to English.


The book is written by Nikos Giannopoulos, Dimitris Belezos, Kyriakos Grigoropoulos and Ioannis Kotoulas, uniform research and reconstructions by Christos Giannopoulos, and other illustrations by Romilos Fronimidis and maps by Dimitra Mitsou. Text is clear, simple and easy to understand. Illustrations are excellent in nice details.

  • Paperback

  • 104 pages

  • 27 black/white photos

  • 21 color photos

  • 8 colorplates with explanatory text for Greek and Persian warriors of Marathon

  • 10 maps, battle orders and battleplans for Battle of Marathon

    book-in detail

    The book starts with a Preface written by Editor Nikos Giannopoulos. It contains eight main chapters divided into subtitles to make the reader understand easier. A bibliography and a glossary part are added at the end of the book. The chapters are ;

  • Political and military organization of Athens : This chapter explains the 10 tribes, their military roles and most important govermental organs like Public Assembly-Ecclesia of Deme and Council of 500-Vouli .

  • The Ionian Revolt : The efforts by the Greek cities of the Eastern Aegean to break free of Persian rule resulted in a fierce clash on both land and sea in which the Persain and Greek militray forces were tested hard for the first time. The Persian final victory was due primarily to organizational problems and lack of cooperation among the Greeks, leading Persian king Darius, to falsely assess his peospects of victory ina future invasion of Greece.

  • Marathon 490 B.C : The chapters explains the Battle of Marathon in all details from the beginning where Athenians decided to fight the city waiting for the arrival of Spartan assistance till the Greek victory. The phases of ground battle and naval battle are described in battle plans.

  • A historical interpretation of the Athenian victory : The battle of marathon was not merely a military confrontation of two opponents, but rather a decisive battle between two distinct worlds and civilizations. This chapter discusses the effects of Greek victory in long term.

  • The announcement of victory : When the Athenians heard of the Persian landings at Marathon, they sent the runner Pheidippides to ask the Lacedaemonians for help. He covered the distance fro Athens to Sparta in 2 days. After receiving the answer, he began his return to Athens immediately. Following the delivery of message, he went to Marathon and took part in fighting. Once the battle had ended, he collected his weapons, still wearing his armor, wounded as he was, he ran to tell the momentous news to his anxiously waiting fellow citizens. On arrival, the only word he was able to utter before falling dead from exhaustion was We obtained the victory.

  • The Greeks and Persians at Marathon : This chapter gives brief information about the characteristics and fighting spirit of both sides.

  • Lesser-known details : The most interesting part of the book which gives some very interesting details about the battle.

  • Bibliography : A bibliography including 67 resources is included for the readers who wants more information about the subject.

  • Glossary : 5 page glossary that covers most of the terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader is added in alphabetical order to the end of the book.


    The book is very informative, fastidiously prepared and well presented. Besides giving excellent historical information about the battle of Marathon to all readers, it is a very good painting reference for the figure painters with lots of high- quality color drawings of the both sides of the battle; Greeks and Persians.

    Very Highly Recommended

    Highs: High quality printing. Very nice color drawings, maps,battle plans and more.
    Lows: No significant low point for this book.
    Verdict: A very useful reference both as a historical book and a painting quide.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: Other
      Mfg. ID: ISBN:9789606740268
      Suggested Retail: 19.90
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Sep 11, 2008
      NATIONALITY: Greece / Ελλάδα
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.83%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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