The Battle of Marathon
A Historical and Topographical Approach
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’.
THE PERSIAN CAMPAIGN 490 BC
Ι. From Cilicia to the Aegean and Euboea
ΙΙ. Marathon (HDT., VI.102–124)
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
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 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
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.
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