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Battle of Plataea

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Pausanias & Mardonius
   led opposing forces at the   
Battle of Plataea
Spartan general Pausanias led a coalition of forces from Greek city states against Persian General Mardonius and his army of 200,000 troops in August 479 BC near the city of Plataea on the Aspopus River in Boetia. The Greeks sought to route the Persians and drive them from Greece and avenge the loss of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae the year before in 480 BC. The outcome of this battle is said to have preserved Greek and Western culture.
479 BC
   saw the   
Battle of Plataea
Persians are expelled from Greece, led by Spartan general Pausanias

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