The Athenian General Miltiades defeated the Persians in the Marathon battle, which has been one of the most decisive battles in the ancient history in 490 BC along with the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC which is even more important where the Greeks defeated for the second time in ten years the Persians under the leadership of Themistocles.
In a result of these two victories the future to come for all the nations of Europe and thus for the future to come for all the western world including the non discovered yet America too, either to follow the type of a despotic eastern state (Persia) or the type of a democratic western state (Greece), alias Hellas or in Greek language Eλλάδα, was a democracy because democracy was born by Greeks (Έλληνες) in Greece (Ελλάδα), which was the only democracy among all the existing in the western and in the eastern world states of the globe 3000 years ago, with its civilized language, culture, tragedy, philosophy, arts, sciences.
PS The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory.
1. ''The fact that the most perfect demonstration of the will of life, the human organism, with his genius complex mechanism, incomparable to anything, is prone to be rotten in the ground, and his whole substance, his whole toil to surrender so nakedly to extinction at the end - this is the clear message of nature that the struggle of the will for life is ultimately futile''.
2. ''If you wish to follow a trustful guide to orientate you in life, be used to face the world as a place of repentance, a kind of a colony of the doomed and the disasters, the plights, the sufferings, and the misfortunes of life not as something unnatural but as the rule since our presence in this world is our punishment for our existence''.