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Marathon
Μαραθώνας
The plain of Marathon today
The plain of Marathon today
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation: 0 m (0 ft)
Government
Country: Greece
Periphery: Attica
Mayor: Ilias Psinakis
Population statistics (as of 2011 )
Municipality
 - Population: 33,423
 - Area: 222.75 km² (86 sq mi)
 - Density: 150 /km² (389 /sq mi)
Codes
Postal: 190 07
Telephone: 22940
Auto: Z
Website
www.marathon.gr
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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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