Ancient World History
"Rejoice, we conquer!"
So exclaimed the runner Pheidippides to the people of Athens after having run twenty-six miles from the battlefield at Marathon. In the ancient world, news traveled only as fast as the fleetest runner, the quickest horse, or the swiftest ship. As a result, events often outstripped the dissemination of information. It is both a blessing and a curse to live in an age where information travels at the speed of light, and we can virtually access the world from our laptop computer. (By the way, Pheidippides ― who had earlier run to Sparta with a message seeking their aid in repulsing the invading Persians before rejoining the Athenian phalanx near the Plain of Marathon ― later died from his exertions.)
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