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The half-marathon solution

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The year was 499 B.C. To make a long story short, the Persians were determined to punish the Greeks for coming to the aid of the Greek city of Ionia, which revolted against the control of Persia. A critical battle was fought on the Plain of Marathon where the Greeks, with superior weapons and bodily strength, drove the Persians back to their ships with a loss of 6,400 men, while the Greeks lost only 192.

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