CSPSCentre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

Sparta's monumental commemoration of the Persian Wars

Microsoft Teams online event
Thursday 28th October 2021 (17:00-18:00)
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Painting of a tall column formed from the bodies of three snakes twisting round each other with their heads splitting off in three separate directions.

Matt Thompson (University of Nottingham), Sparta’s monumental commemoration of the Persian Wars

Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion. 

All are very welcome. Free to attend. 

Summary of this week's talk: 

Sparta had good reason to celebrate and defend its leadership in the Persian Wars, especially in the face of an emerging Athens energetically pursuing hegemony. The unprecedented levels of booty won from the Persians at Plataia allowed the allied Greeks to construct lavish monuments, but did the Spartans also do so on their own account? This talk aims to provide a summary of Sparta’s role in the commemoration of the Persian Wars and specifically address the doubts over the date, form, and function of the major Persian War monuments attested in Sparta itself.


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Image caption: Serpent Column from Delphi, which commemorated the Greek victory against the Persians at the Battle of Plataia in 479 BC.


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