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By Christian Cameron

Two and a part thousand years in the past, the Greeks and the Persians fought an epic conflict to make your mind up the way forward for the world...

Arimnestos of Plataea grew up eager to be a bronzesmith, like his father. Then, within the chaos of struggle, he was once taken to a urban within the Persian empire and offered as a slave. To win his freedom he needed to express that he may well struggle and kill. Now, to maintain that freedom, he needs to kill again.

For the Persians are coming. an unlimited military despatched by way of King Darius to place down the rebellious Greeks and burn town of Athens to the floor. status opposed to them at the simple of Marathon is a way smaller strength of Athenians, along their Plataean allies. To defeat such overwhelming strength turns out very unlikely. And but to yield could suggest the destruction of every little thing the Greeks have dreamed of.

In the airborne dirt and dust and warmth of Marathon, within the conflict of shields and the push of spears, amid the thunder of hooves and the screams of the death, these goals will suffer their fiercest try out - and Arimnestos and his Greek comrades will observe the genuine expense of freedom.

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