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Some two and a half millennia ago, in the summer of 490 BC, a small army of 9,000 Athenians, supported only be a thousand troops from Plataea, faced and overcame the might of the Persian army of King Darius I on the plain of Marathon.

While this was only the beginning of the Persian Wars, and the Greeks as a while would face a far greater threat to their freedom a decade later, the victory at Marathon had untold effects on the morale, confidence, and self-esteem of the Athenians, who would commemorate their finest hour in art and literature for centuries to come.

This volume, which includes twenty-one papers originally presented at a colloquium hosted by the Faculty of Philology at the University of Peloponnese, Kalamata in 2010 to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the battle, is a celebration of Marathon and its reception from classical antiquity to the present era.

Table of contents

Introductory note

P. J. Rhodes The battle of Marathon and modern scholarship

Christopher Pelling Herodotus’ Marathon

Peter Krentz Marathon and the development of the exclusive hoplite phalanx

Andrej Petrovic The battle of Marathon in pre-Herodotean sources: on Marathon verse-inscriptions (IG I3 503/504; Seg Lvi 430)

V. L. Konstantinopoulos The Persian wars and political conflicts in Athens

Andreas Markantonatos The silence of Thucydides: the battle of Marathon and Athenian pride 

K. W. Arafat Marathon in art

Ariadne Gartziou-Tatti Gods, heroes and the battle of Marathon

Antonis Mastrapas The battle of Marathon and the introduction of Pan’s worship to Athens: the political dimension of a legend through written evidence and archaeological finds

Christopher Carey Marathon and the construction of the comic past

Efi Papadodima The Battle of Marathon in fifth-century drama

Ioanna Karamanou As threatening as the Persians: Euripides in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae

Eleni Volonaki The Battle of Marathon in funeral speeches

Athanasios Efstathiou The historical example of Marathon as used in the speeches On the false embassy, On the crown,and Against Ctesiphon by Demosthenes and Aeschines

Christos Kremmydas Alexander the Great, Athens, and the rhetoric of the Persian wars

Georgia Xanthaki-Karamanou The Battle of Marathon as a topos of Athenian political prestige in Classical times

Christopher Tuplin Intolerable clothes and a terrifying name: the characteristics of an Achaemenid invasion force

Ewen Bowie Marathon in the Greek culture of the Second century AD

Michael Jung Marathon and the construction of the Persian wars in Antiquity and modern times. Part I: Antiquity

Peter Funke Marathon and the construction of the Persian wars in post-Antique times

Lorna Hardwick Moving targets, modern contests: Marathon and cultural memory