The 26-mile route is identical to the original one to Athens run by a Greek herald named Phidippides to announce the Greek victory against the Persians at the battle of Marathon
Marathon gets its name from Greek messenger Pheidippides who ran from the Battle of Marathon
to Athens in BC 490 to announce the Persians had been beaten - then collapsed and died
2 The marathon isn't 26 miles because that was the distance that Pheidippides ran to Athens after the Battle of Marathon
Marathon gets its name from Greek messenger Pheidippides who ran non-stop from the Battle of Marathon
to Athens in BC 490 to announce the Persians had been beaten - he then collapsed and died
Simply put, the Greeks had meddled in Persian affairs in Anatolia, prompting Darius, the emperor at the time, to send a punitive expedition against them that was bloodily repulsed by the Athenians at the famous Battle of Marathon
(see page 34).
Athens, and Greece, appear to have pulled off one of the greatest upsets since the Battle of Marathon
by spending oodles of money on this event.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of War Envoy, who is fitted with blinkers and a tongue-tie after wandering left and right in the Coventry, is also represented by Leopardstown maiden winner Battle Of Marathon
RULES THE WAVES BALLYDOYLE juvenile, another son of War Front, made his debut at Leopardstown on Thursday and cut out the running in a six-furlong maiden, before being brushed aside by stable-companion Battle Of Marathon
490BC: The Greeks defeated the Persians under Darius at the Battle of Marathon
490BC: The original Marathon was won by a messenger who ran 24miles from the scene of the Battle of Marathon
to the city of Athens.
490BC The original Marathon was won by a messenger who ran 24 miles from the scene of the Battle of Marathon
And Ballydoyle might clock-up an early double with two-year-old debutant Battle Of Marathon
in the opener and Masai in the five-furlong handicap.