One of the most famous battles in history is Marathon, in 490 BC. It was a battle of opposites. Thames and Hudson describe how the tiny democratic city-state opposed an empire many times its size. It reminds me of the audacity of the small and young Notre Dame University to attempt to develop not one, but two medical schools. The Sydney medical announcement awoke to a hostile eastern states secular university community response, and at time, evoked in the small start up team of medical school faculty, feelings reminiscent of what Militiades must have felt. Militiades, for those less familiar with ancient Greek history, was the commander of the Athens army at the battle of Marathon.