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Battle of Marathon reenacted

A group of history buffs from all over the world have gathered in Greece to re-enact the Battle of Marathon, which took place in 490BC.

Gathering from Europe, North America and Australia, the re-enactors staged a three-day event of combat, archaic culture revival and commemoration at Marathon Bay never before seen in Greece despite its rich archaeological heritage.

For many of the participants, it was also a personal pilgrimage after long years of arduous preparation and unfulfilled hope.

“It’s a dream come true after 10 years,” said Hywel Jones, a printer from Wales who came to Marathon with his wife Stephanie to fight as a Greek hoplite, the heavily armed infantry soldier of ancient Greece.

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Story: John Hadoulis, AFP | Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP

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