Persian Wars Timeline

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  • 492 BCE
    Darius I of Persia invades Greece.
  • 11 Sep 490 BCE
    A combined force of Greek hoplites defeat the Persians at Marathon.
  • 490 BCE - 470 BCE
    Corcyra does not participate in the Persian Wars.
  • Aug 480 BCE
    The indecisive battle of Artemision between the Greek and Persian fleets of Xerxes I. The Greeks withdraw to Salamis.
  • Sep 480 BCE
    Battle of Salamis where the Greek naval fleet led by Themistocles defeats the invading armada of Xerxes I of Persia.
  • Aug 480 BCE
    Battle of Thermopylae. 300 Spartans under King Leonidas and other Greek allies hold back the Persians led by Xerxes I for three days but are defeated.
  • Jul 480 BCE
    Xerxes I makes extensive preparations to invade mainland Greece by building depots, canals and a boat bridge across the Hellespont.
  • 480 BCE
    Thebes sides with Persia during Xerxes invasion of Greece.
  • 480 BCE
    Cycladic states contribute to the victorious Greek forces against the Persians at the battle of Salamis.
  • c. 479 BCE
    Eleusis is destroyed by the Persians.
  • 479 BCE
    Cycladic city states contribute to the victorious Greek forces against the Persians at the battle of Plataea.
  • 479 BCE
    Xerxes' Persian forces are defeated by Greek forces at Plataea effectively ending Persia's imperial ambitions in Greece.
  • 449 BCE - 448 BCE
    Peace between Greece and Persia.

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492 BCE: Darius I of Persia invades Greece.
 
490 BCE: A combined force of Greek hoplites defeat the Persians at Marathon.
 
 
490 BCE - 470 BCE: Corcyra does not participate in the Persian Wars.
 
480 BCE: The indecisive battle of Artemision between the Greek and Persian fleets of Xerxes I. The Greeks withdraw to Salamis.
 
480 BCE: Battle of Salamis where the Greek naval fleet led by Themistocles defeats the invading armada of Xerxes I of Persia.
 
480 BCE: Battle of Thermopylae. 300 Spartans under King Leonidas and other Greek allies hold back the Persians led by Xerxes I for three days but are defeated.
 
 
480 BCE: Xerxes I makes extensive preparations to invade mainland Greece by building depots, canals and a boat bridge across the Hellespont.
 
480 BCE: Thebes sides with Persia during Xerxes invasion of Greece.
 
 
480 BCE: Cycladic states contribute to the victorious Greek forces against the Persians at the battle of Salamis.
 
479 BCE: Eleusis is destroyed by the Persians.
 
 
479 BCE: Cycladic city states contribute to the victorious Greek forces against the Persians at the battle of Plataea.
 
 
479 BCE: Xerxes' Persian forces are defeated by Greek forces at Plataea effectively ending Persia's imperial ambitions in Greece.
 
449 BCE - 448 BCE: Peace between Greece and Persia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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