Besides describing the major battles, we will examine the opponents’ arms and tactics, politics and decisions, probing into their motivation and seeking the reasons behind each call. Your expert, Aristotle, will shed light on how, despite setbacks and defeats, the few and divided Greeks managed to repel the mighty Persian Empire against all odds. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, the course will provide participants with an increased understanding of Greek history, geography, and politics.
Our narrative of the Greco Persian Wars will begin with a description of the two opposing sides. We will focus on their political organization, their resources and especially their way of war.
Lecture 2: The Persian Menace
The second lecture will cover the period from 499 BCE to 490 BCE. We will discuss the revolt of the Greek cities of Ionia against the empire. We will also examine the Persian response, concluding with the campaign that led to the battle of Marathon, in 490 BCE.
Lecture 3: The Revenge of the King
We will narrate the events of the major Persian invasion of 480 BCE, under the High King Xerxes himself, concluding with the valiant last stand of the 300 Spartans (among others) in the battle of Thermopylae.
Lecture 4: The Wooden Walls
We will continue the description of the events of 480 BCE, focusing on the naval aspect of the war. We will analyze the naval power of the two combatants and their naval technologies. The lecture will conclude with a description of the naval battles of Artemision and Salamis.
Lecture 5: The Last Battles
Despite the victory of the Greeks at the battle of Salamis, the Persian invasion army remained in Greece. The freedom of the Greeks was secured only after the battles of Plataea and Mycale in 479 BCE.
Lecture 6: The Rise of Athens
The course will conclude with the narration of the creation of the Delian League, in 478 BCE, and the continuation of the war against the Persians until 449 BCE; we will also discuss its aftermath.
About Your Expert
Aristotle Koskinas studied classical archaeology and specialized in the study of rooftiles. For several years he participated in various excavations conducted by the Greek Ministry of Culture. He also took part in surface survey projects conducted the University of Thessaly and others. In 2003 he graduated from the Greek School of Tourist Guides and has since been working as a guide. He lectures on Greek history and archaeology, while continuing to study and publish material from excavations of the Ministry of Culture and participates in historical reenactment events.
Yes. All registered participants will be sent a recording within 24 hours of each session's conclusion. The recordings are available to re-watch for seven days thereafter.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.