The Iran Heritage Foundation
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.
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.
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