490 a.C.


July 5, 2022

490 BC (CDXC BC in Roman numerals) is a year of the 5th century BC.


Darius I of Persia retries the conquest of Greece and sends an expedition under the command of General Dati and Artaferne. The Persian fleet passes through Samo, conquers Naxos, subdues the rest of the Cyclades islands. Siege and destruction of Eretria by the Persians. August / September - The battle of Marathon takes place, where the Athenians and Plataeans defeat the numerically superior Persians. According to Luciano Filippide announces the victory by running from Marathon to Athens (about 40 km): the marathon will be born from this episode. Rome: consuls Spurius Larcio and Quinto Sulpicius Camerino Cornuto.


Protagoras, ancient Greek rhetorician and philosopher


Cinegiro, Athenian military Hippias, Athenian politician Callimachus of Afidna, Athenian soldier Fidippis, Athenian soldier

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