Episodes: 12 - 23 12. Persia: Rise of an Empire We now travel east across the Aegean to focus on the rise of the new Persian Empire that would come to influence Greek affaires throughout the Classical period. Persia would seemingly emerge out of no where, dominating the Near East and affecting the regions around them. Cyrus would be the founder, establishing the empire in his lifetime, to where he would be given the title, Cyrus The Great of Persia. Persia: Rise of an Empire 13: Persia: King of Kings Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire was now dead, but the Empire would continue on spreading its boundaries even further. After a smooth transition of power, succession crisis and conspiracy would rock the royal court until a new ruler, Darius would emerge and would once again bring stability back to the Empire. The Empire now looking west, Darius would be the first ruler to order a campaign against Greece lands. Persia: King of Kings 14: Recap and Q&A Ep. 01 - 13 Ready to now continue into the Greek and Persian war period, we take some time out to look back over the past 13 episodes to refresh our memories. I also answer some question that listeners have written in with. Recap and Q&A 15. The Ionian Revolt We have now arrived at a point where the Greek world moves in to what is known as the Greek and Persian wars. The colonies in Ionia and beyond, finding themselves under the Persian rule, attempt to gain their freedom. They will seek help from their Greek cousins back on the mainland and in doing so they will launch an event seen as the origins of the Greek and Persian wars, The Ionian Revolt. The Ionian Revolt 16. The First Persian Invasion “Master, remember the Athenians” had been uttered to Darius after his learning of their involvement in the Ionian revolt. These words would not be forgotten, with Darius mounting two separate campaigns focused towards Greek lands. This would lead to what is known as the First Persian invasion and would climax in the battle of Marathon. The First Persian Invasion 17. The Battle of Marathon The first major battle of the Greek and Persian wars would now take place in 490 BC at the Bay of Marathon. After days of standing off from one another, the Greeks would finally rush into action against the Persians. Many questions are still asked in regards to events during the battle, which do not have any clear answers. Though, the battle at Marathon would not be the last time the Greeks would have to array themselves for battle against the Persian empire. The Battle of Marathon 18. The Second Persian Invasion The Persians first attempt at invading Greece had been defeated at the Bay of Marathon. Political developments in Athens would continue to evolve with one hero of the hour replace by another. The Persians ten years later would launch the second invasion under the new king Xerxes. The largest force yet assembled in the ancient world would march against Greece with a number of engineering feats achieved to facilitate their advance. The Second Persian Invasion 19. The Greeks Prepare While Xerxes had been planning his invasion of Greece, the Greeks had not been sitting by idle. The threat had been in most people’s minds since the end of Marathon and especially in Themistocles’. Athenian policy now moved in the direction of the creation of a fleet which would be instrumental in the defence. But it was in the last couple of years leading up to the invasion that all of Greece, well those city states that wanted to take action, attempted to develop a united plan to meet the invasion. The Greeks Prepare 20. The Battle of Thermopylae A Greek force had now arrived at the pass of Thermopylae. This would be the site of one of the first clashes between the Greeks and Persians of the second invasion. The Persians would be halted for seven days and three days of fighting would ensure between both sides. A traitorous action would see the Greek position defeated, though this would give rise to the legend of the 300 Spartans. But many more Greeks would fight and die at the pass of Thermopylae protecting their home land. The Battle of Thermopylae 21. 300 Against the Sources To be released 27th November 2020 Coming Soon!