The Battle of Marathon in Abu Dhabi

The exhibition of  the  2500th anniversary  of the Battle of Marathon  has arrived  in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

At Abu Dhabi Women’s College (11st and Nadja St.).

From  10th Feb.- 17th Feb. 2011

Time : 9:00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m.

The Battle of Marathon took place in 490 B.C. during the first Persian Invasion of Greece. It was fought between the citizens of Athens,

aided by Platae, and a Persian force.

Despite the numerical advantage of the Persians, the Greek hoplites (soldiers)proved devastatingly effective against the Persian Infantry.

The defeat of Persians at Marathon and retreat to Asia marked the end of the first Persian invasion of Greece.

The eventual Greek triumph in these wars can be seen to begin at Marathon. Since the following two hundred years saw the rise of

the classical Greek Civilization which has been enduringly influential in western society .

The Battle of Marathon is often see as a pivotal moment in European history. For instance, John Stuart Mill famously suggested that

the Battle of Marathon, even as en event in British history, is more important that the Battle of Hastings.

The Battle of Marathon is perhaps now more famous as the inspiration for the Marathon race, which was born by the legend of a Greek soldier-messenger
running to Athens with news of the victory. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “Nenikekamen” (We have won) before collapsing and dying. It was this event that became the inspiration for the Marathon race as we know it today,
introduced at the 1896 Athens Olympics and originally run between Marathon and Athens.

Y.Γ. Η ειρωνεία είναι ότι αυτή   η  έκθεση και το θέμα αυτής, γίνεται σε ένα χώρο (Ενωμένα Εμιράτα) που αυτή τη στιγμή τρέμει το φιλοκάρδι  τους με τους Ιρανούς (Πέρσες) απεναντί τους, όπως ακριβώς οι Ελληνες εκείνα τα χρόνια 😉