Sparta and Athens - A Classical Love Story

Microsoft Teams online event
Thursday 2nd December 2021 (17:00-18:00)
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Prof Loren J. Samons II, Sparta and Athens—A Classical Love Story: The Plataia Incident after 2500 Years 

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

Summary: Seen through the lens of the famous Peloponnesian War, Sparta and Athens are sometimes treated as inveterate enemies, representing different not only different Greek dialects, but also disparate political systems and approaches to life in general. Yet Sparta and Athens in fact enjoyed a complicated relationship that stretched over centuries and produced alliance as often as hostility. Seen in this larger context rather than as a prelude to the frequent strife that followed in the later fifth century, Herodotos’ account of the battle of Plataia takes on a different complexion. Exactly 2,500 years after the battle, we may now be in a better position to assess the account than were Herodotos’ own readers.

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Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

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