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Victory at Straits of Salamis

Themistocles - an Athenian leader in 480 B.C. - knew the Persians had a military weakness.  A country used to winning battles on land, Persia did not have a strong navy.

Taking advantage of this perceived weakness, Themistocles ordered the Athenians to build-up their own navy. 

At the time, their greatest ship - called a trireme - was able to travel between 8-9 knots.  Powered by rowing men, triremes were also able to ram with their bows. 

In a way, they were like guided missiles of the ancient world.

Drawing the Persians into the narrow Straits of Salamis, Themistocles and his navy were well-positioned to decisively defeat their greatest enemy.

Their ultimate victory meant that Greece was safe - at least, for a time.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Dec 11, 2017


Media Credits

Clip about the Battle of Salamis - from "Engineering an Empire - Greece" - Peter Weller (Syracuse University) hosts this A&E production which originally aired on 16 October 2006 (on the History Channel).  Copyright, A&E, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.  Online, via YouTube.

 

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