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Possibly On This Day - Pheidippides and the Marathon to Sparta

By September 2, 2012

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Map of MarathonToday is another traditional date for the original Marathon -- the run of Pheidippides. The Rogue Classicist has a page of correspondence on this event. Unlike the traditional story that Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to tell of the victory at the historical Battle of Marathon, in this version -- based on Herodotus, the runner ran to Sparta before the Battle of Marathon to ask for help:
    "The story is probably a confused version of the even more astounding run that Herodotus tells us Phidippides completed from Athens to Sparta just before the battle. He went to seek Spartan aid and took 2 days to run the 145 miles between the two cities -- an impressive, but not unbelievable feat (Hdt. 6.105-6)" -Posted by Nigel Kennell

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