Critical Reasoning And Battle Of Thermopylae

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Critical Reasoning and Battle Analysis of the Battle of Thermopylae One of the most historic battles fought in the 5th century BC was the Battle of Thermopylae. The Greeks and Persians battled for control of a narrow pass located at Thermopylae. This pass served as the most direct route into mainland Greece and allowed freedom of maneuver to the Persians. The Persians received a critical piece of human intelligence that allowed them to defeat the Greeks at the pass. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the battle and determine an alternate outcome based on the use of that intelligence. The Battle of Thermopylae Definition of the Battle The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 5th century BC in Northern Greece. The primary adversaries were the Persians and the Greeks. The Persian army, led by Xerxes I, far outnumbered the Greek forces. Despite this, the Greeks were able to maintain control of the pass for three days. The Settings of the Battle Strategic and operational overview. The battle of Thermopylae was one of many battles fought by the Persians in the quest to expand their empire, and the second in their quest to rule Greece. The Greeks fought at the battle of Thermopylae to maintain rule of their own land and resist submission to the Persians. In 491 BC, King Darius of Persia sent messengers to demand the Greeks submit to Persian rule. The Greeks refused and incited the first battle in the war between Persia and Greece. This battle, fought at Marathon

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