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Marathon

Plain north of Athens, site of a famous Greek victory over the Persians, news of which was announced to the Athenians by a man who ran all the way (hence the name of the modern footrace). In myth, it was on the plain of Marathon that Theseus caught the Lapith Peirithous trying to steal his cattle. The two became lifelong friends on that occasion.
The friendship of Theseus for Peirithous caused him to engage in a disastrous escapade. When the two tried to abduct Persephone from the Underworld, they were stuck to a bench and tormented. (zoom)