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Marathon2500 2010-2011 Lecture Series

Reading Odyssey, Inc.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM - Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

Marathon2500 2010-2011 Lecture Series

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Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor Greek Culture, Cambridge University and Chairman of the Reading Odyssey's Marathon2500 cultural campaign, welcomes you to this eight-part lecture series. 

By registering here you have signed up for a teleconference ticket for all eight lectures through the course of 2010-2011.

Completed lectures (available via podcast here:

1. Paul Cartledge, Cambridge/NYU, Tue Sep 28 @5:30pm ET, "The Context and Meaning of the Battle"

Remaining lectures:

2. Peter Krentz, Davidson College, Tue Oct 12 @ 7pm ET, "The Battle Itself"
3. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Wed Nov 10 @ 1pm ET, "Life of a Soldier—Greek and Persian"
4. Thomas Harrison, University of Liverpool, Tue Jan 18 @ 1pm ET, "The Persian Version"
5. Dean Karnazes, world-renowned ultramarathoner, Wed Feb 9 @ 1pm ET “The Battle and Modern Sports”
6. Thomas Scanlon, UC Riverside, Tue Apr 5 @ 2pm ET “Sports and War”
7. Robert Strassler, Independent Scholar, Tue May 10 @ 1pm ET “Herodotus and the Invention of History”, 
8. John Marincola, Florida State University, Wed Jun 8 @ 4pm ET “Epilogue: What happened after the Battle"


People around the world will get a chance to participate in the celebration of the battle of Marathon, thanks to a cultural campaign initiated by the Reading Odyssey, a New York not-for-profit. The Reading Odyssey and Marathon2500 chairman Paul Cartledge of New York University and of Cambridge University will recruit the world’s best Hellenic scholars and sports historians to deliver eight lectures on the cultural, intellectual and athletic legacy of the Battle of Marathon. The talks will be given before live audiences, webcast online and archived for viewing or listening on demand. Lectures will begin in September 2010 and run through June 2011. To multiply their impact, the Reading Odyssey will work with thousands of universities, colleges, high schools, museums and sports organizations to create satellite listening centers.

Herodotus free phone/web-based reading groups 

As part of our celebration of the Battle of Marathon’s 2,500 anniversary, the Reading Odyssey will be running multiple groups reading the Landmark edition of the histories of Herodotus, which captures the action and aftermath of the battle of Marathon.

The groups will all meet first via phone for the kickoff lecture for our celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, Tuesday, Sept. 28 with Professor Paul Cartledge of Cambridge. That lecture is free to everyone - as are the remaining 7 lectures for the Battle of Marathon anniversary lecture series.

Following Professor Cartledge's lecture, the reading group will meet via phone for its first discussion Monday, Oct 11 and will continue on Mondays - Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7 and Mar 7, 2011. Participants will read one chapter a month from Herodotus and then spend 90 minutes on the phone to discuss that chapter. Reading groups have approximately 25 members each and one trained moderator. The groups are free to all who are interested and are made possible by the generosity of Citrix Online, which donates all of the phone lines and webinar technology for the Reading Odyssey’s many lifelong learning programs.

Reading Odyssey moderators will use the custom Reading Odyssey method to make it a good experience and help first-time readers engage the text. If you’d like to register to participate in these free reading groups, then click here:  

Paul Cartledge Biography

Paul Cartledge, Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy at New York University and A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek History, the A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture and a Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge, is a world expert on Athens and Sparta in the Classical Age and has been described as a Laconophile. He was chief historical consultant for the BBC TV series The Greeks and the Channel 4 series The Spartans, presented by Bettany Hughes. He is also a holder of the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour and an Honorary Citizen of (modern) Sparta. Besides the posts at Cambridge, he holds a visiting Global Distinguished Professorship at New York University, funded by the Greek Parliament.

He has written a wide number of scholarly articles, books and books for the general public. He has a real passion for reaching the general reader and is a longtime advisor to the Reading Odyssey and chief advisor on the design of this 2,500 year Battle of Marathon anniversary lecture series and celebration.

There is no one better to kickoff this worldwide celebration.

Have questions about Marathon2500 2010-2011 Lecture Series? Contact Reading Odyssey, Inc.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM - Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Reading Odyssey, Inc.

The Reading Odyssey, a global non-profit, aims to reignite curiosity and lifelong learning. Through partnerships with scholars, we run reading groups and lecture series for intellectually curious adults.

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