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John Stuart Mill claimed that 'the Battle of Marathon, even as an event in English history, is more important than the Battle of Hastings', and Billows agrees: he argues that had the Persians defeated Miltiades' Athenian army, the culture of Classical Athens and particularly its democracy 'would have died in its infancy'. Here he describes the fifth-century Greek world, its leaders and its armies, recreates the drama of the day of battle, and considers its consequences. Off-mint. American-cut pages Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.