The Battle of Marathon in Scholarship: Research, Theories and Controversies Since 1850

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McFarland, 3 mag 2014 - 240 pagine
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This is a thorough historiographic review of the Battle of Marathon. Full use is made of the major ancient sources and the debate over the value of Herodotus. The book covers the rise of the Persian Empire, relations between the Greeks and the Persian Empire and the Ionian revolt that set the stage for the Persian expedition in 490 that led to the Battle of Marathon. The book also examines the development of the Persian and Greek military systems, weapons, armor, fighting styles and military tactics. The battle itself is described along with the many questions, controversies and conflicting theories surrounding it, including an explanation of why the Athenians were able to defeat the mighty Persian Empire. The final chapter deals with the issue of the importance of the battle. The 1190 endnotes and bibliography of more than 400 sources dating from the 1850s to 2012 will allow readers to do more research on any of the topics covered.
 

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Preface
1
1The Major Ancient Sources Evaluated
3
2The Persian Military
14
3The Greek Military
30
4The Rise of Persia
62
5The Ionian Revolt
79
6Greece and Persia 492490 BCE
109
7The Battle
116
8The Importance of the Battle of Marathon
188
Chapter Notes
191
Bibliography
217
Index
227
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Dennis L. Fink is a supervisor of student teachers of history at Northern Illinois University. He lives in Plainfield, Illinois.

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