It was just a holding operation to force a naval battle to weaken the Persian force attacking Greece. The effort failed, and the issue was decided at three later decisive battles – Salamis, Plataia and Mycale.

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The direct answ is that it had no influence on the world, which is, after all, a bit bigger than a corner of the Mediterranean Sea. The indirect effect is that the Spartan defence became a byword for staunch resistance.

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