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Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P. J. Rhodes (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book addresses the huge impact on subsequent culture made by the wars fought between ancient Persia and Greece in the early 5th century bc. It brings together sixteen interdisciplinary essays, ... More


Introduction

Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P. J. Rhodes

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to throw the maximum possible fresh light on both the consistency of certain themes within the reception ... More


The Persian Wars in Fourth-Century Oratory and Historiography

John Marincola

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter addresses the very different presentation of the Persian Wars by 4th-century historians and by the patriotic Athenian orators, as writers of both forensic and political speeches, ... More


Herodotus on Aeginetan Identity

Elizabeth Irwin

in Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199546510
eISBN:
9780191594922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546510.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on two dimensions of Herodotus' Aeginetan logoi: primarily, in terms of what they attempt to convey about Aeginetan identity prior to and during the Persian Wars; secondarily, in ... More


The Persian Wars as the ‘Origin’ of Historiography: Ancient and Modern Orientalism in George Grote’s History of Greece

Alexandra Lianeri

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers the new trends in academic discussion of the Persian Wars in the wake of the reforms of the 1830s, articulated above all in George Grote's work in Greek history. It relates ... More


Aeschylus’ Persians via the Ottoman Empire to Saddam Hussein

Edith Hall

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Through a diachronic study of the uses to which Aeschylus' Persians has been put, this chapter argues that one of the most important factors underlying the longevity of the Persian Wars traditions ... More


The Guts and the Glory: Pressfield’s Spartans at the Gates of Fire

Emma Bridges

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

One artistic genre that has received comparatively little attention in studies of the reception of ancient history is that of the historical novel. This chapter shows that literary snobbery regarding ... More


Enacting History and Patriotic Myth: Aeschylus’ Persians on the Eve of the Greek War of Independence

GondaVan Steen

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the account written by the Comte de Marcellus, a French diplomat in Constantinople, of a reading of Aeschylus' Persians, in ancient Greek, that took place at a literary evening ... More


Images of the Persian Wars in Rome

Philip Hardie

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter shows that Augustan Rome's use of the Athenian image of the Persian barbarian, especially the Actium–Salamis equation, is an expanded and revised version of an article originally ... More


The Rise of Democracy

Thomas N. Mitchell

in Democracy's Beginning: The Athenian Story

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300215038
eISBN:
9780300217353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215038.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter chronicles the beginnings of a new democratic order in the Athenian government via the reforms of Cleisthenes and the new democracy's trial by fire during the Persian Wars. While ... More


Managing Egypt, 518–415

Stephen Ruzicka

in Trouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BC

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199766628
eISBN:
9780199932719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766628.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE, World History: BCE to 500CE

Persia's Egyptian situation was the key to Persian involvements elsewhere. This meant that with Egypt secure after 518, Darius was free to undertake expansionistic enterprise beyond existing ... More


De Malignitate Plutarchi Plutarch, Herodotus, and the Persian Wars

Christopher Pelling

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores the complexities evident in the presentation of the Persian Wars, mediated heavily through the text of Herodotus, to be found in the Lives of Plutarch. Plutarch's contribution ... More


Returning to Troy: Herodotus and the Mythic Discourse of his own Time

Emily Baragwanath

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693979
eISBN:
9780191745324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Herodotus articulates the continuing presence and relevance of myth in the world of the fifth century. This chapter begins by examining an episode near the end of the Histories, where Herodotus ... More


The Persians and the Greek Wars

Jan P. Stronk

in Semiramis' Legacy: The History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474414258
eISBN:
9781474430975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

After a brief introduction, in which some attention is paid to Persian peculiarities, the rule of subsequent Achaemenid kings is related. The reigns of Cyrus II the Great, Cambyses II, Darius I the ... More


‘Shrines of the Mighty’: Rediscovering the Battlefields of the Persian Wars

Ian Macgregor Morris

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the role played in the Enlightenment by the battlefields of the Persian Wars, shifting the focus of the argument to Thermopylae and Marathon, and the canonization of their ... More


The Persian Wars: New Versions and New Contexts

Jessica Priestley

in Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the Reception of the Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199653096
eISBN:
9780191766459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653096.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter assesses the impact of Herodotus' account of the Persian Wars in the Hellenistic period. Firstly, it discusses the assimilation of the invasion of Greece by the Gauls in the third ... More


Plato and the Persian Wars

Christopher Rowe

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter shows that Plato's brilliant parody of a funeral speech, Menexenus wholly undercuts the Athenians' formulaic idealization of their glorious past and the rhetorical conventions they had ... More


Xerxes Goes to Hollywood

D. S. Levene

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279678
eISBN:
9780191707261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Rudolf Maté's The 300 Spartans (1962) was a commercial success and has enjoyed perennial popularity. More people in the 20th-century world acquired an understanding of the Persian Wars from this film ... More


Herodotus

Stephen V. Tracy

in Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256033
eISBN:
9780520943629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256033.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Pericles' contemporaries Sophocles and Protagoras depict him as he dealt with the onslaught of the plague, at the end of his life. By contrast, the historian Herodotus of Halicarnassus, who was ... More


Mythology and the Expedition of Xerxes

A. M. Bowie

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693979
eISBN:
9780191745324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the role that mythology plays in the later, somewhat more ‘historical’ part of Herodotus' work, to see whether there is anything qualitatively different in the way myth is used ... More


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