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- Miltiades 540?-489? B.C. Athenian general who defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon (490 B.C.).
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- n. Athenian general who defeated the Persians at Marathon (540-489)
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In Cimon son of Miltiades, that is precisely what Themistocles got.
In the life of Miltiades which is usually cited as the production of Cornelius Nepos, but which I believe to be of no authority whatever, it is said that Miltiades protected his flanks from the enemy's horse by an abatis of felled trees.
Like Anytus, again, he has a sympathy with other men of the world; the Athenian statesmen of a former generation, who showed no weakness and made no mistakes, such as Miltiades,
The Battle of Marathon, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning The young poet retold in rhyming couplets the story of how a small Athenian army, commanded by the cunning Miltiades, destroyed the huge Persian force of King Darius at Marathon.
Before the battle, there were two schools of thought within the Athenian military camp: Half of the generals wished to retreat, while the other half, including Miltiades, urged steadfastness.
Perhaps Callimachus, the acting polemarch, would have had a different story to tell -- but he died in the fighting, leaving Miltiades to shape post-battle narrative.
It was Miltiades who swayed the Athenian commander-in-chief, Callimachus, to wage battle, and it was Miltiades who had his reputation enhanced the most by the events of Marathon.
Theocrites reproaches Miltiades to hold back the sacred guard to defend the Pallas temple after a likely defeat, and proposes instead to negotiate terms with Darius, but is told an alliance with Sparta could save the Hellenic nation.
Miltiades sends Philippides ahead to hold out with the sacred guard until his hopefully victorious troops arrive, and after his perilous journey back they do a great job, proving superior athletes can do better then traditional naval ramming tactics ...
Either way, a great deal of credit is given to the strategic and tactical genius of the Athenian commander, one Miltiades, the very same Miltiades whose helmet inscribed with its former owner's "signature" can be seen on display in the archaeological museum at Olympia.