The Marathon’s massive central field is destined for open field tactics, allowing for complex manoeuvres. It can also be used as a quick reinforcement route to provide siege support for allies. The mountain ledges on one of the flanks open backdoors into enemy territory, while the beach and forest on its other side provide an advantageous arena for light units. A hilly network of paths lead from one team camp to the other, and a thick forest in the south offers cover for sneak attacks and infantry.
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Created off the bay of Marathon, located roughly 40 km from Athens, this battlefield takes us back to a pivotal moment in Mediterranean and European history. Marathon was the landing point of the first Persian invasion of Greece in 490 BC, where the citizens of Athens, aided by Plataea, decisively defeated a large Persian army commanded by Datis and Artaphernes, forcing them to flee back to their ships. The victory at Marathon was a watershed moment in the Greco-Persian wars, showing the Greeks that the Persians could be beaten, even without help from Spartans.