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At SALAMIS, the Greek fleet of 370 vessels defeats the Persian fleet of 1000+, thus forcing Xerxes to cancel his plan to invade Greece

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1000 Cancel Defeats Forcing Invade Persian Plan Salamis Vessels Xerxes


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This evocative print captures the pivotal moment at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC, a turning point in the Greco-Persian Wars. The Greek fleet, numbering approximately 370 vessels, is depicted triumphantly confronting the Persian fleet, which is estimated to have consisted of over 1,000 ships. The Greeks, led by Themistocles, had lured the Persian fleet into the narrow straits of the Salamis Channel, allowing them to use their superior maneuverability to outflank and outmaneuver their enemies. Xerxes, the Persian king, had planned to invade Greece and conquer the city-states that had defied his rule. However, the defeat at Salamis forced him to abandon his invasion plans and retreat back to Asia. This victory not only saved Greece from certain destruction but also boosted the morale of the Greeks and marked the beginning of their eventual victory in the Greco-Persian Wars. The intricate details of the ships and the dynamic composition of the print transport us back to ancient Greece, allowing us to witness firsthand the bravery and strategic prowess of the Greek sailors. The contrasting colors of the Greek and Persian fleets add a sense of drama and intensity to the scene, making it a captivating and inspiring representation of one of the most significant battles in world history.

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