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(faɪˈdɪpɪˌdiːz) or


(Biography) 5th century bc. Athenian athlete, who ran to Sparta to seek help against the Persians before the Battle of Marathon (490 bc)


(faɪˈdɪp ɪˌdiz)

5th-century b.c. Athenian runner sent to request aid from Sparta against the Persians before the battle at Marathon 490 b.c.
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"The water is up in Wine Creek," cried Joe Wel- ling with the air of Pheidippides bringing news of the victory of the Greeks in the struggle at Mara- thon.
Likely market leader Pheidippides sets the standard but he has had ten runs without winning and looks vulnerable to an improver, which is exactly the scenario he faces here with Kodiac Harbour.
3.10 (1m 1yds, PS5,800 added): 1 SHAMLAHAR (J Mitchell) 5-4Fav; 2 ONEOVDEM 10-3; 3 PHEIDIPPIDES 5-1.
Intriguingly, Pheidippides - the man who ran the first marathon in antiquity - collapsed soon after delivering his message.
It is based on the historical run of Pheidippides who ran between the two cities before the Battle of Marathon.
Based upon a popular myth stemming from the Battle of Marathon, in which Pheidippides ran to Athens from the town of Marathon to carry the message of a Greek victory, the 1896 course began in the town of Marathon and finished in Athens' Panathenaic Stadium - a distance of around 40 kilometres (25 miles).
The series of prints commissioned by the GPO from Armstrong in 1935, for instance, consists of four gouache illustrations of scenes from the history of human communication, ranging from a red-figure style depiction of the Athenian courier Pheidippides through a medieval messenger and a Georgian mail-coach to a 1930s postman mounted on a motorcycle (Fig.
The 26-mile course followed the path of Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to bring news of a victory over the Persians in ancient times.
(2) The image also brought to my mind the Classical Greek story of Pheidippides running from Marathon to Athens to announce the Athenian victory over the Persians--though Anishinaabe runners may have been fitter than those in ancient Greece, for Pheidippides apparently expired upon delivering his message.
100 in Greece, retracing the ancient footsteps of Pheidippides in Greek lore.
The 42km original course from Marathon city to Athens was first run by legendary Athenian soldier Pheidippides 2,500 years ago.
As legend has it, the original was run by the Greek messenger Pheidippides from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens in order to announce that the Persians had been defeated.