Battles of the Persian Invasions of Greece
This map shows the main battles of the Greco-Persian Wars in the central Greek theatre. We start with Eretria (490 BC) and Marathon (490 BC), battles of Darius's invasion of 490 BC. Ten years later Xerxes invaded in person, famously defeating the Spartans and allies at Thermopylea, but at the same time his fleet suffered a setback at Artemisium. The Persian victory at Thermopylea forced the Greeks to pull back. The Athenians were forced to abandon the city and take refuge on Salamis island, while the main Greek army waited at the Isthmus of Corinth. The decisive naval battle of Salamis convinced Xerxe to return home, although he left a powerful army behind. Only after this force was defeated at Plataea (479 BC) was the Persian invasion finally over.
How to cite this article:
Rickard, J (30 August 2016), Battles of the Persian Invasions of Greece , http://www.historyofwar.org/Maps/maps_persian_invasions_greece.html