Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Marathon

Pheidippides running

The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), in August or September, 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming "we have wοn", before collapsing and dying

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