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  • A Short History of the Marathon II

    In our previous blog about the origins of the Marathon we discovered that this test of human endurance has its roots - like so many other things - in Ancient Greece. But for more than 2000 years this legend remained almost exclusive to scholars of Greek antiquity studying the old writings of Herodotus and Plutarch.

    The famous English poet Robert Browning was the first one to bring the story back into spotlight in the year 1879, by writing the poem Pheidippides which - even though historically inaccurate - drew attention once again to our young Greek messenger.