The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars
Hardback 235pp Illustrated
9780199747320   Product Code: 23982
The battle of Plataea (479 BCE) brought to an end the Persian attempt to conquer Greece - so why is it less famous than the earlier battles of Marathon and Thermopylae? Examining how the Greeks themselves remembered Plataea, Cartledge argues that the text of an oath supposedly sworn by leaders of Greek city-states before the battle actually emerged from Athenian self-justification after it, and that this text can help us understand the workings of cultural memory about politics of the past.