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Themistocles: The Brilliant Military Leader of the Battles of Salamis and Marathon

The life of the great Athenian general Themistocles is fairly well known, as the low-born leader was lauded even in his time for his brilliance in the battles against the Persians at Salamis and Marathon.

Major New Archaeological Museum Exhibit Celebrates Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis

The new temporary exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum, titled "Glorious Victories: Between Myth and History" is part of the celebratory program for the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Naval Battle of Salamis. The major new...

Themistocles: The Brilliant Leader Who Led Ancient Athenians in the Battles of Salamis and Marathon

The truth is sometimes a difficult thing to be absolutely sure of when looking back on events which transpired in the glory days of ancient Greece. And this can be quite maddening to historians, who would give anything in...

How the Mines of Laurion Saved Ancient Athens — and Western Civilization

Laurion, Greece, which lies approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Athens between Thoricus and Sounion, was famous in ancient times for its productive mines. Silver, copper, lead and even rare metals have been mined there since the Late...

A Town Called Salamina in the Mountains of Colombia

A town named Salamina, located deep in the mountains of Colombia, has surprising ties to Ancient Greece, taking its name from the sea battle of Salamina in 480 BC. The picturesque city of Salamina is located in the Caldas area...

Ancient Greek Sites Desecrated By Football Fans' Graffiti

Unknown perpetrators spray-painted football slogans on the remains of the famous Athenian "Long Walls," inspired originally by Athenian politician and general Themistocles and built after Xerxes' invasion of Greece (480-479) in order to connect Athens to its ports at Piraeus and...

First Look Photos From ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

The first photos from "300: Rise of an Empire" have been released, featuring Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles as well as a battle scene shot. The sequel to the Spartan battle epic "300" centers on the Greek general and his fight against the...

Battle of Salamis Marked After 2,500 Years

Some 2,500 years ago a naval battle took place in September (although the exact date remains unknown) in the straits between the Greek mainland and Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens. The battle of Salamis changed...