After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars (Emblems of Antiquity)

Paul Cartledge


The conflict of Plataea in 479 BCE is one in all international history's unjustly missed occasions. It decisively ended the specter of a Persian conquest of Greece. It concerned tens of hundreds of thousands of warring parties, together with the biggest variety of Greeks ever introduced jointly in a standard reason. For the Spartans, the driver at the back of the Greek victory, the conflict was once candy vengeance for his or her defeat at Thermopylae the yr sooner than. Why has this pivotal conflict been so overlooked?

In After Thermopylae, Paul Cartledge masterfully reopens one of many nice puzzles of historical 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 way of the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and several Greek city-states sooner than the battle-the Oath of Plataea. via an research of this oath, Cartledge offers a wealth of perception into old Greek tradition. He exhibits, for instance, that after the Athenians and Spartans weren't battling 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 at the present time we without difficulty take note the Athenian-led victories at Marathon and Salamis yet now not Sparta's victory at Plataea. certainly, the Oath illuminates Greek anxieties over ancient reminiscence and over the Athens-Sparta contention, which might erupt fifty years after Plataea within the Peloponnesian battle. furthermore, as the Oath was once eventually a spiritual rfile, Cartledge additionally makes use of it to focus on the profound function 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 essentially the most serious classes in historic history.

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