Themistocles 524-460 BC
Themistocles was a Greek official who,
Winston Churchill much
later, was able to spot a potential national security threat while the majority of his contemporaries wasn't
overly concerned about it.
Themistocles' case the enemy was the
Persian Empire and the
headache were the
just like Churchill, Themistocles was very eager to get the navy into shape.
Here is a map of the Persian Empire around 500BC.
of Persian Empire 500BC
Themistocles was right, of course, and
Xerxes I and his troops were marching.
Thanks to Themistocles, the city of
Athens was already evacuated when the Persians raided it in 480 BC.
A few days later the Greeks won the
Battle of Salamis, again
largely thanks to Themistocles.