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Ancient Leadership: Themistocles And Salamis Essay

1891 words - 8 pages

Some say Themistocles was the most successful general in ancient and some say he was just another one of those successful public figures. All in all he had many, many successful events in his life. Now you might be wondering who this Themistocles really is? Well let’s start with his background.
Themistocles was a man like any other man in ancient Greece, power hungry, strong, and a lover of life. Themistocles was a powerful general and politician who fought in the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis. Themistocles showed true leadership during his lifetime. He was from Ancient Athens, Greece, and lived from “524 BC to 459 BC” . He was born in Athens, Greece and finally ended up dying in Persia, the country that he defeated years earlier. Interestingly enough he only ended up in Persia because he was ostracized by his own people. But before I give too much away, let’s start at the very beginning.
Once there was a man named Themistocles. “Over the years he became very popular in the political field. He was one of the first to be in the new Athenian Democracy founded by Clisthenes”. “He was mostly influenced to politics by his father, Neocles, and in 493 Themistocles was elected Archon in Athens.” “Themistocles came from a rich family but even though they were rich, he didn’t really have mother, Neocles married a concubine that supposedly wasn’t even from Athens. Her name was Abrotonon. ” But later he became a general in the Athenian army. Themistocles was most popular for his strategy, and ability to form a good plan when needed. The first battle that Themistocles fought in was the battle of Marathon one of the three battle of the Persian wars. In that war there was a man by the name of Pheidippides who ran all the way from Persia to Athens which measures 26.2 miles. This was the first marathon ever ran in history. And too top it off some say that Pheidippides ran all the way back to Athens when he heard the news that Persia had won. Unfortunately he finally died at the end of his marathons. There is nothing much more to say about the battle of marathon accept for that “Themistocles was supposedly one out of ten generals in the Athenian army.”
After the war Themistocles was troubled because he knew that the Persians would come back and fight but they needed a better defense in their army. Then a normal day in Athens some Athenian quarry workers found a heap load of silver. They didn’t know what to do with it. They thought of improving the town and all those little things that a city might need. But Themistocles with his great power to persuade, convinced the Athenians to build a navy so that they could defend any attackers who might come to war with them. Their navy would be composed of mostly triremes. Now what is a trireme you might ask? It is a big boat that holds three rows of men on each side of the boat who row the boat. These were the fastest boats on the market because how many rows of men it...

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