The epic tale of the original marathon runner.

It was a turning point in ancient history.

It inspires men to greatness.

It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century.

It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten.

In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire.

This graphic novel from screenwriter Boaz Yakin and artist Joe Infurnari tells his story.

"A must-read." - Comic Book Daily

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436800
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: GN700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Boaz Yakin is an American screenwriter and film director based in New York City. Yakin studied filmmaking at New York City College and New York University. He has written and/or directed many major Hollywood movies such as The Punisher, The Rookie, A Price Above Rubies, and Remember The Titans.

Joe Infurnari is an acclaimed comics writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn. His work has been recognized with multiple Eisner nominations, numerous publications, and membership in the prestigious web comics collective, Act-i-vate. He is the illustrator of First Second's "Mush!"

Reading Group Guide

In 490 BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran over 300 miles to turn the tide of battle, and in doing so preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire. His run set the foundation for today's marathons – and for the Olympic Games.

Marathon is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?

Eucles saves his country, but ends up dying in the process. What makes him so passionate about Athens? Do you feel similarly strongly about your country?

The Spartans refuse to come to the aid of the Athenians because of a religious festival. Think about what you know about the Greek gods. How might missing a religious festival have different results – or be thought about differently – in their society than it would in yours today?

Eucles and Antigonos start out the book with an antagonistic relationship, but come to respect each other at the end. After Antigonos' final sacrifice, what do you think about Eucles' treatment of him throughout the book?

There are three different military powers in Marathon: Athens, Sparta, and the Persian Empire. Think about their similarities and differences. How would things change in ancient Greece if one of them conquered the others?

Eucles was formerly a slave. How does this affect the way he sees his world? Was slavery in ancient Greece different from slavery in the United States? Does this affect your concept of Eucles' life?

What do you think about Datis' actions throughout the book? The attack on Athens is clearly very personal for him; do you think that influences his judgment and his military strategy?

Eucles is given an almost impossible task in running from Athens to Sparta to Marathon and back to Athens. How does his strategy for dealing with this great challenge match up with your own methods for facing difficult things?

Basically every single person in Athens musters up to fight the Persians, whether in Marathon or when the Persians come to Athens. How would war today be different if a country's involvement was that complete?

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zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ARC provided by NetGalleyAthens faces its greatest battle...the Persian army has come to conquer them, and accompanying them is their ex-tyrant king Hippias. The Athenian army will respond to the challenge, but they cannot hold the city and the Persian army off by themselves. They need assistance from the Spartans, who live 153 miles away. The Athenians send their greatest and fastest runner, Eucles, to ask them to come and fight and then lead them back in time to defeat the Persians. And thus begins the greatest race ever known ..and an event that continues to inspire mankind to greatness in the Olympic Games.What really attracted me to this book was the artwork, that striking image on the cover of a man racing, sweat pouring down his brow, and the world seemingly burning behind him. And that evocative style remains throughout the book and it¿s easy to get swept up in it, moving eagerly from page to page to follow the story and getting lost in the details. It¿s easy to see the great care spent creating the art, the attention to detail, and creating lines that seemingly move off the page as the characters fight.The telling of the story is somewhat jumbled in a couples of places, especially at the beginning, due to flashback scenes instead of just telling a straight story. It¿s particularly troublesome in the first few pages, because we¿re thrown into the story and see Eucles running and then suddenly we¿re thrown back in time to see Eucles first great race and the troubles that followed him from it. I would have almost preferred a small prologue to set the stage vs. showing us these flashbacks. But once you get past the first few pages the story settles down into a more recognizable format and presents a gripping tale of the strength of one man to do what he can to save his city and his people.Overall this is a solid book that I have no problem recommending to readers, especially teen readers who are interested in sports. I highly recommend the book and give it 4 out of 5 stars