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The Battle of Marathon
A Historical and Topographical Approach

By Christos Dionysopoulos

The Battle of Marathon

Academy of Athens Award Winner - 2014


Paperback, 272 pages £39.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9789606878084
Format: 297mm x 220mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, History, Military History

Distributed by University of Exeter Press.

The scholarly interest in the Battle of Marathon remains undiminished.  This book presents all the ancient sources and all the scientific theories concerning the battle of Marathon. It provides a full bibliography (from the 17th century to the present day), richly illustrated with old maps. It proposes exciting and original solutions to all the historical issues surrounding this battle of cosmic importance, fought in 490 BC. Historian Christos Dionysopoulos goes head-to-head with 669 authors and 913 articles and books, emerging triumphant with a detailed study which casts light on the events, discovers unseen aspects and proposes interesting and original solutions to the questions surrounding this historic battle.

The Academy of Athens awarded a prize for this study, judging it ‘to constitute the fullest, most comprehensive and most scholarly approach to the Battle of Marathon’, and that the author, with his talent for analysis and synthesis, has ‘contributed an archaeological and historical monograph of great significance for the subject of the battle which will underpin scholarship for many years to come’.

INTRODUCTION

FOREWORD

THE PERSIAN CAMPAIGN 490 BC

Ι. From Cilicia to the Aegean and Euboea

ΙΙ. Marathon (HDT., VI.102–124)

THE ROUTES

THE FORCES

TIMEFRAME

Ι. The year, month and day of the battle

ΙΙ. The timing of the battle  

ΙΙΙ. The duration of the battle

ΙV. The voyage to Phaleron  

LOCATION

Ι. General overview

ΙΙ. The demes of Marathon

BEFORE THE BATTLE

Ι. The anchorage and the encampment of the Persians

ΙΙ. The Athenian encampment

ΙΙΙ. The battle positions of the opposing forces

THE MONUMENTS

THE BATTLE

THE STRATEGY OF THE OPPONENTS, THE BATTLE LINES AND THE STAGES OF THE BATTLE

AFTER THE BATTLE

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF VICTORY, THE THREAT TO ATHENS AND THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD

DEDICATIONS TO THE GODS

THE TROPHY HONOURING THE MARATHONOMACHΟI AND OTHER COMMEMORATIONS OF THE VICTORY

THE REASONS FOR THE PERSIAN DEFEAT AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VICTORY

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VICTORY

ABBREVIATIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Ι. SOURCES

ΙΙ. PEOPLE, PLACES AND TERMS

The Academy of Athens has awarded a prize for this study, judging it 'to constitute the fullest, most comprehensive and most scholarly approach to the Battle of Marathon and that the author, with his talent for analysis and synthesis, has contributed an archaeological and historical monograph of great significance for the subject of the battle which will underpin scholarship for many years to come' (Academy of Athens Award, December 2014).

CHRISTOS DIONYSOPOULOS Classicist, Historian, Archaeologist. Born in Athens, he studied Classical Philology, History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, Egyptology at the University of Cairo, and Epigraphy, Papyrology and Numismatics at the University of Liége. He has worked as an archaeologist on excavations, as a teacher and head teacher at secondary schools in Greece and abroad, was a research associate of the Academy of Athens and Education Advisor for the Humanities. He also contributed to the effort to prevent the construction of a rowing lake in the battleground of Marathon.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 272 pages
ISBN:
 9789606878084
Format:
 297mm x 220mm
112 colour Illus.

BIC Code:
 1DVG, HBLA1, HBW
BISAC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS027000, HIS039000
Imprint:
 Kapon Editions


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