By Paul A. Cartledge
The conflict of Plataea in 479 BCE is one in every of international history's unjustly ignored occasions. It decisively ended the specter of a Persian conquest of Greece. It concerned tens of hundreds of thousands of fighters, together with the most important variety of Greeks ever introduced jointly in a standard reason. For the Spartans, the motive force at the back of the Greek victory, the conflict was once candy vengeance for his or her defeat at Thermopylae the 12 months sooner than. Why has this pivotal conflict been so overlooked?
In After Thermopylae, Paul Cartledge masterfully reopens one of many nice puzzles of old Greece to find, up to attainable, what occurred at the box of conflict and, simply as very important, what occurred to its reminiscence. a part of the reply to those questions, Cartledge argues, are available in a little-known oath apparently sworn by means of the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and a number of other Greek city-states ahead of the battle-the Oath of Plataea. via an research of this oath, Cartledge presents a wealth of perception into old Greek tradition. He indicates, for instance, that after the Athenians and Spartans weren't struggling with the Persians they have been scuffling with themselves, together with a propaganda struggle for keep watch over of the reminiscence of Greece's defeat of the Persians. This is helping clarify why this present day we simply be mindful the Athenian-led victories at Marathon and Salamis yet now not Sparta's victory at Plataea. certainly, the Oath illuminates Greek anxieties over old reminiscence and over the Athens-Sparta contention, which might erupt fifty years after Plataea within the Peloponnesian struggle. furthermore, as the Oath used to be eventually a spiritual rfile, Cartledge additionally makes use of it to focus on the profound position of faith and delusion in historic Greek lifestyles. With compelling and eye-opening detective paintings, After Thermopylae presents a long-overdue background of the conflict of Plataea and a wealthy portrait of the Greek ethos in the course of some of the most severe classes in historic heritage.
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1 I N T RODUC TION Arms and the Men E mblems, a word of ancient Greek derivation, have a long history; books of them—such as those of the Renaissance jurist Andrea Alciati (1531)—have enjoyed great currency. Emblems in this sense are pictures containing multiple symbols and allegorical meanings. This book in the “Emblems” series takes as its focus a document from Graeco-Roman antiquity. It contains multiple symbols and is susceptible of yielding meanings of diﬀerent sorts. I should make it clear, right from the start, where I stand on the issue of just one of those possible meanings: the complicated question of the document’s authenticity.
Since this clause was controverted in practice, admittedly after a considerable interval of time— many of the destroyed Athenian temples were in fact in some sense rebuilt, or, most famously in the case of the Parthenon, reinvented, if over a lengthy period—it has a particular reference and relevance to the authenticity debate. Conversely, both the literary versions omit the curse which, by spelling out that pollution will fall upon any transgressors of any of its clauses, supports the epigraphic Oath.
Emblems in this sense are pictures containing multiple symbols and allegorical meanings. This book in the “Emblems” series takes as its focus a document from Graeco-Roman antiquity. It contains multiple symbols and is susceptible of yielding meanings of diﬀerent sorts. I should make it clear, right from the start, where I stand on the issue of just one of those possible meanings: the complicated question of the document’s authenticity. In the literal sense, as a text inscribed upon a ﬁnely honed and adorned piece of Athenian marble sometime during the third quarter of the fourth century bce, the version of the “Oath of Plataea” included here is unarguably authentic—no one has faked the monument as a whole of which the document in question forms a part.
After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars (Emblems of Antiquity) by Paul A. Cartledge