Profession: Hero of Athens
Why Famous: The central figure in a story that was the inspiration for a modern sporting event, the marathon. He is said to have run from Marathon to Athens in under 36 hours to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians.
Legend has it that Pheidippides, upon reaching Athens with the news, then collapsed and died.
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
- 0490-09-12 BC Traditional date of the Battle of Marathon, where a small Athenian force defeats the Persian Empire