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  1. The Ioniain region
  2. The Battle of Thermopylae
  3. The Battle of Salamis
  4. The Athenian Alliance
  5. Democracy
  6. The advantages the Greeks over the Persians
  7. The Olympic Games

The Persian wars also known as the wars between Greece and Persia comprised of a series of wars that commenced in 499BC between Achaemenid Empire of Persia and Greek city states. The wars lasted all through until 449BC. The history of the wars are best accounted for by Herodotus who narrates the occurrences of the wars chronologically in his novel the Enquiries, thus the reason as to why he is often regarded to as the Father of History. It is from his works, that the Greco-Persian Wars are well explained.

[...] These are some of the laws that have since grown from the victory of the Greeks and their allies against the Persians. The main difference is that, the modern day democracies have advanced and undergone several phases of amendments to accommodate the advancements made over time; laws of a state change with changing times,? (Sealey n.p King Cliesthenes has definitely played a major role in growing the world democracy. It is out of his growing need to develop a government of the people that the Greek government was born and so was democracy; ?Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks? (Green n.p.). [...]


[...] The Themistocles naval battle otherwise referred to as the Battle of Salamis saw the Greek emerge victorious over the Persians. This was partly contributed to the fact that, Themistocles assembled majority of the Greek fleet and organized them in a manner that would ideally conquer the Persian fleet. This was described by Herodotus that the Allies "were putting out to sea the barbarians immediately attacked them" (Rung n.p). Although they were greatly outnumbered, Themistocles persuaded his troops to lure the Persians to battle and the end results saw the Greeks scoring decisive victory against the Persians. [...]


[...] This ideally would have never been different from Herodotus' famous quote worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing? (Cartledge 224). Therefore, it would be true to deduce that, Greek may as well be described as the savior of democracy. In essence, their victory in the Persian wars salvaged the world from unwarranted suffering from uncouth leaders. Works Cited Branford, Ernle. Thermopylae: the battle for the West (1st Da Capo Press pbk. Ed.). New York: Da Capo Press p Cartledge, Paul. Thermopylae: the battle that changed the world (1. pbk. [...]


[...] Had the Greeks lost these wars, the idea of democracy would ideally have been but a farfetched thought. The Persian's rule was basically iron handed in the sense that, it did not give room for negotiations as compared to the Greeks. In essence, while making peace with Persia, the Greeks primarily gave the Persians options as to how they would have preferred to divide the spoils of war; either by supplying armed forced to the Delian League or paying taxes to the joint treasury in which the Persians opted to pay taxes. [...]

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