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    DescriptionThe Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE is one of world history's unjustly neglected events. It decisively ended the threat of a Persian conquest of Greece. It involved tens of thousands of combatants, including the largest number of Greeks ever brought together in a common cause. For the Spartans, the driving force behind the Greek victory, the battle was sweet vengeance for their defeat at Thermopylae the year before. Why has this pivotal battle been so overlooked? In After Thermopylae, Paul Cartledge masterfully reopens one of the great puzzles of ancient Greece to discover, as much as possible, what happened on the field of battle and, just as important, what happened to its memory. Part of the answer to these questions, Cartledge argues, can be found in a little-known oath reputedly sworn by the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and several other Greek city-states prior to the battle-the Oath of Plataea. Through an analysis of this oath, Cartledge provides a wealth of insight into ancient Greek culture. He shows, for example, that when the Athenians and Spartans were not fighting the Persians they were fighting themselves, including a propaganda war for control of the memory of Greece's defeat of the Persians. This helps explain why today we readily remember the Athenian-led victories at Marathon and Salamis but not Sparta's victory at Plataea. Indeed, the Oath illuminates Greek anxieties over historical memory and over the Athens-Sparta rivalry, which would erupt fifty years after Plataea in the Peloponnesian War. In addition, because the Oath was ultimately a religious document, Cartledge also uses it to highlight the profound role of religion and myth in ancient Greek life. With compelling and eye-opening detective work, After Thermopylae provides a long-overdue history of the Battle of Plataea and a rich portrait of the Greek ethos during one of the most critical periods in ancient history.


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    Title
    After Thermopylae
    Subtitle
    The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199747320
    ISBN 10: 0199747326
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    DC22: 938.03
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    DC22: 938/.03
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 938.03
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: DF225.7 .C37 2013
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    13 illus., including four maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is the inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and recently the Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy at New York University. His previous books include Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction, Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World, and The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. He is an honorary citizen of modern Sparta and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor awarded by the President of Greece.
    Review quote
    After Thermopylae is completely consistent with the commonsense, well-written, and comprehensive scholarship that we have come to expect from Paul Cartledge. His endeavour has produced a carefully and well-researched book, which stands as an important contribution not only to ancient Greek warfare but also to the larger issues of reception and cultural memory. Bryn Mawr Classical Review The book seeks to reach a broad general readership, and is written in lucid and lively prose. Nick Romeo, Times Literary Supplement This book is a thoughtful and engaging starting-point for anyone interested not only in the Graeco-Persian Wars, but also in the way future generations use the memory of war. Bijan Omrani, Military History Monthly
    Table of contents
    Dedication ; Preface & Acknowledgements ; Maps ; Timeline ; 1. Introduction: Arms and the Men ; 2. The Oath of Plataea: Texts and Contexts ; 3. The Plataea Oath as a Document of Ancient Greek Religion ; 4. The Persian Wars: Making History on Oath with Herodotus ; 5. The Face of the Battle of Plataea ; 6. The Greeks Invent the Persian Wars: the Mythology and Commemoration of ; Plataea ; 7. Conclusion: The Legacy of Plataea ; Further Reading ; Bibliography ; Index