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The plain of Marathon today
The plain of Marathon today
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation: 0 m (0 ft)
Country: Greece
Periphery: Attica
Mayor: Ilias Psinakis
Population statistics (as of 2011 )
 - Population: 33,423
 - Area: 222.75 km² (86 sq mi)
 - Density: 150 /km² (389 /sq mi)
Postal: 190 07
Telephone: 22940
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Marathon (Demotic Greek: Μαραθώνας, Marathónas; Attic/Katharevousa: Μαραθών, Marathṓn) is a town in Greece and the site of the battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.

The name "Marathon" (Μαραθών) comes from the herb fennel, called marathon (μάραθον) or marathos (μάραθος) in Ancient Greek. so Marathon literally means "a place full of fennels".

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