A town in Attica, Greece, the site of the victory in 490 BC of heavily outnumbered Athenians against Persians.
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Origin of Marathon
French marathon, coined in 1894 by linguist Michel Bréal for the first modern time Olympic Games after Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance. The toponym itself comes from μάραθον (marathon, “fennel") and refers to the prevalence of the plant in the area.
After Marathon (so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 bc)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn).
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