The battle is fought and our victory won, My General has ordered me to run, From Marathon’s plains to Athens Agora to tell the elders of the battle’s outcome. Oh gods on high grant us surcease from threats of invasion if no true peace. I have fought in the front line and raced to and from Sparta in two days’ time. Now fatigued and nearly done I speed toward home from Marathon. We will not suffer Eretria’s fate Their city burned, their folk enslaved. No! Thousands of Persians we have slain. Our city on a hill is saved. I’m short of breath and weak from wounds Even as the walls of our city loom. “Nike!” I cry! “Rejoice, we’ve won!” As my proud heart breaks and I am done.
The battle of Marathon 490B.C. was a pivotal event in the history of Western Civilization