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Themistocles (?524 BC-?460 BC[1]) was an Ancient Greek Athenian[1] politician and general. He fought against the Persians at the Battle of Marathon as a young man[source?]. He later persuaded Athens to build a navy[2] which he commanded in the engagement against the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC.[1]

After the war he became unpopular and had to leave. He went to work for the Persian Empire.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Treffry, Diana, ed. (1998). Collins English Dictionary (Fourth ed.). HarperCollins. p. 1587. ISBN 0 00 470453-3.
  2. Smith, William, ed. (1853). A New Classical Dictionary of Biography. Mythology, and Geography (Second ed.). John Murray. p. 758.