The Marathon Tumulus, northeast of Athens, contains the remains of 192 Athenian warriors who died during the famous Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, when 100,000 Persians were defeated by 11,000 Greek soldiers. The site, located about 1 km from the village of Marathon, served as the starting point for twenty-five athletes competing in the Marathon Race during the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.
The 2,500th anniversary of the September 490 BC battle was celebrated with a plethora of events last year.
Over the weekend, history buffs from all over the world staged a re-enactment of the Battle of Marathon with exact replicas of the ancient battle armor and weapons.
One of the most important battles in history, Marathon has been cited by historians as the battle that saved Western culture in its youngest days and allowed it to survive and flourish.