The Marathon - 2500 years since
The battle of Marathon was one of the most crucial battles in history. At the time Athens was a fledgling democracy, the world´s first, and the golden age of classical Athens had not yet ensued. A Persian victory would have radically changed the course of history and the history of Greece would have probably been very different. It was a battle for freedom as crucial as any since. The historian Edward Creasy counted the battle of Marathon among "The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World" while 18th C philosopher and political theorist John Stuart Mill famously suggested that "the Battle of Marathon, even as an event in British history, is more important than the Battle of Hastings".
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#1 Apr 26, 2010
"This year marks the 2500th anniversary from the historic battle. The Greek 2010 calendar is suitably dotted with several long-distance races to mark these ancient feats. On the 27th and 28th of March, the Marathoners' Club (Syllogos Marathonion) of Macedonia together with the Cultural Association "Prometheus Pyrphorus" celebrated the historic battle of Marathon with a Marathon race, the 53rd Macedonian Marathon, starting at the ruins of the ancient Macedonian city of Philippi and finishing in the modern city of Drama. According to the announcement by the Marathoners' Club, the Greek participants were "reminding us of the mythos of this battle when their ancestors sacrificed themselves to protect the customs of the Greeks and to ultimately shape the future of Europe and of all mankind". The festivities in Drama included a ceremony with libations at the monument of Liberty at the central park of the city of Drama.
A week ago, another Marathon took place in Macedonia. The race began at Pella, the capital of ancient Macedonia since the reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great, and ended in the modern capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. The Marathon race, called the "Alexander the Great Marathon" by the organizers, was an official Bronze Label road race of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)."
Tymphaios, The Marathon – 2500 years since
#2 Apr 26, 2010
always greece revives and faces the enemies. We are still the ones who release the cracken. uskupians forget it. stealing is a crime.
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