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September 2020

 
 
 
 

The Persian Invasions of Greece Reconsidered

Online talk by Prof. Nicholas Sekunda

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Date & Time

Wednesday 23rd September 

17.30 (London, BST)

 
 
 
 

Please note this is an online event. Register here for free.

 
 
   
 

Organised by

The Iran Heritage Foundation


​Description

The 2500th anniversary of the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis in 2021 and that of Plataea in 2022 provides a good opportunity to reconsider the Persian invasion of Greece in the light of modern scholarship and a critical analysis of the Greek texts. This lecture seeks to demonstrate that the number of Achaemenid forces sent against Greece is unknown, and that the figures given by Herodotus are falsely constructed. The defeats of Salamis and Plataea are undeniable, but they have to be put into their context of an already overstretched Empire fighting on the absolute periphery of its possibilities.

     

Biography

Prof. Nicholas Sekunda studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, going on to complete his PhD in 1981. Since 1994 he has lived in Poland, where he has taught at the Nikolaus Copernicus University, Torun, and currently is the Head of Department of Mediterranean Archaeology at Gdansk University. He has participated in numerous excavations in England, Poland, Iran, Greece, Syria and Jordan, and now co-directs excavations at Negotino Gradiste in the Republic of North Macedonia. He is the author of several of books on ancient Greek warfare.

 

Tickets & info

This is a free online talk.  Register here to receive details of how to join.

 

For any inquiries please contact info@iranheritage.org

Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 4766


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