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Featured anniversary |  25 September 480 BC: Greece defeats Persia, once and for all

Daylight on 25 September 480 BC. As the Persian fleet sailed into the straits of Salamis, they heard the sound of their Greek opponents singing their battle hymn: “O sons of the Greeks, go, / Liberate your country, liberate / Your children, your women, the seats of your fathers’ gods, / And the tombs of your forebears: now is the struggle for all things.”

The battle of Salamis, fought between the invading fleet of the Persian ruler Xerxes and his allied Greek adversaries, has gone down as one of the most famous naval engagements in history.

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Warships clash in this scene from the battle of Salamis, a sea battle between the Persians and Greeks in 480 BC