The Persian Wars: A Six-Part Course with Aristotle Koskinas

The Persian Wars: A Six-Part Course with Aristotle Koskinas


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Description

Led by Aristotle Koskinas, an archaeologist, re-enactor, and connoisseur of Greek military history, this course will focus on the narrative timeline of the Persian Wars, fought in the era of Ancient Greece. The wars, whose significance cannot be overstated, were one of those pivotal moments in history which determined the future of both Europe and the Middle East for centuries to come. Typically dated between 490-480 BCE, in this series we will also examine their roots and repercussions, in a time frame that extends long before and after the conflict. 

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. 
Lectures

Lecture 1: Greek spears and Persian arrows
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.

FAQ

How does it work?
This is a six-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background in Venetian history, there are no suggested readings at this time. If your expert does provide them, you will be notified.
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $210 for 6 lectures.
Is a recording available?
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.
Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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