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The soldiers of Athens went to war against Persia at Marathon. At the end of the battle, a messenger was sent to Athens to tell them that Athens was victorious. The distance between Marathon and Athens was 26 miles.

When the messenger arrived at Athens, he raised his hands up and shouted "Nike!" which is the Greek goddess of Victory. After that, the messenger collapsed and died.

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