Themistocles and the Persian War

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“Themistocles should be remembered forever as the hero of the Persian Wars.” Discuss this statement.

Themistocles should be remembered forever as the hero of the Persian Wars; although, there were other important individuals and factors which also contributed to the Grecian success during the time period of 490BC – 479BC. Themistocles began his successful heroism during the Battle at Marathon. His contribution (although rather small at this point in history) can be discussed as helpful. Themistocles began his noticeable achievements during the time period between the Wars, in which he made valuable decisions in changing the course of the Persian Wars. Themistocles battle strategies and tactics are also recognisable throughout the Battle at Thermopylae and the Battle at Salamis. These important factors contribute to why Themistocles should be remembered forever as the one of the heroes of the Persian Wars.

Themistocles was firstly involved in the Battle at Marathon. Although his contribution to this battle which defined Ancient Greek battle tactics, he was apart of the movement which inevitably saved the lives of the Grecians. More specifically, Themistocles was involved in the Pincer Movement. This battle strategy, designed by Athenian leader Miltiades, involved Athenian soldiers forming a thin front line with a strong rear sides. The idea behind this strategy was that the strongest of Athenian soldiers would stand on the front line and attack, while a greater majority of other soldiers would begin to encircle the opposing army. If it was not for Themistocles (and a great deal many Athenian solders) contribution to this major battle, the outcome of the Persian Wars may have been vastly different. This was Themistocles first small step to heroism.

A very important time period in which Themistocles can be greatly remembered as the hero of the Persian Wars is during the gap between the Battle at Marathon and the Battle at Thermopylae....
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