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Marathon2500: “Epilogue: What happened after the Battle of Marathon" with Professor John Marincola

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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"Epilogue: What happened after the Battle of Marathon"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
4:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM PT (90 minute lecture and Q&A) 

Professor Marincola (Ph.D., Brown) is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University. The editor of the Penguin Herodotus, Professor Marincola specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric and in this final lecture of the Marathon2500 series, Professor Marincola will talk about what happened after the battle. 

Location: Teleconference/webinar from anywhere in the world
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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.

Whole lecture series - free registration/information:

Herodotus free phone/web-based reading groups:

Individual lectures (from fall of 2010 - spring 2011):

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

Peter Krentz, Davidson College, Tue Oct 12 @ 7pm ET, "The Battle Itself"

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Wed Nov 10 @ 1pm ET, "Life of a Soldier—Greek and Persian"   

Thomas Harrison, University of Liverpool, Tue Jan 18 @ 1pm ET, "The Persian Perspective"

Dean Karnazes, world-renowned ultramarathoner, Wed Feb 9 @ 1pm ET “The Battle and Modern Sports”

Thomas Scanlon, UC Riverside, Tue Apr 5 @ 2pm ET “Sports in the Ancient World”   

Robert Strassler, Independent Scholar, Tue May 10 @ 1pm ET “Herodotus and the Invention of History”,

John Marincola, Florida State University, Wed Jun 8 @ 4pm ET “Epilogue: What happened after the Battle" 

John Marincola Biography

John Marincola (Ph.D., Brown) is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics. He specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997), Greek Historians (Oxford, 2001), and (with Michael A. Flower) Herodotus: Histories Book IX (Cambridge, 2002). He has edited A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Blackwell, 2007) and co-edited (with Carolyn Dewald) the Cambridge Companion to Herodotus (Cambridge, 2006); he has revised the Penguin edition of Herodotus' Histories (1996; further revised edition, 2003), and will soon publish a revision of Plutarch's Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin, 2010). He has written articles on many Greek and Roman historians and is currently at work on a book on Hellenistic historiography.

Research Projects in Progress

Hellenistic Historiography

Studies in Plutarch’s de Malignitate Herodoti

Plutarch’s Persian Wars: Myth History and Identity in Roman Greece

Recent Publications and Lectures


Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge 1997)

Greek Historians (Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics, no. 31); Oxford 2001

Herodotus: Histories Book IX, edited with introduction and notes by M. A. Flower and John Marincola (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, Cambridge 2002)

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, 2 vols. (Oxford and Malden, Mass. 2007).


‘Historiography’, in A. Erskine, ed., A Companion to Ancient History (Blackwell 2009) 13–22.

‘Odysseus and the Historians’, SyllClass 18 (2007) 1–79.

‘Universal History from Ephorus to Diodorus’, in A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford 2007) 171–9.


‘The “Rhetoric” of History: Exemplarity, Allusion and Intertextuality in Ancient Historiographical Speeches’, keynote address at the Conference Perspektive, Polyphonie, Performativität: Funktionen von Reden in antiken Geschichtswerken, Giessen, September 25, 2008.

‘Eros and Empire: Virgil, Sallust, and the Narrative of Civil War’, Cambridge Literature Seminar, Cambridge, May 28, 2008.

‘History and Tragedy – and Comedy?’, University of Bristol, May 22, 2008.


Greek: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Greek; authors include (at the intermediate level) Lysias and Plato, and (at the advanced or graduate level) Hesiod, Aeschylus, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Aristophanes, Plutarch, Josephus.

Latin: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Latin; authors include (at the intermediate level) Catullus and Cicero, and (at the advanced or graduate level) Plautus, Sallust, Livy, Virgil, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, and Suetonius.

Classics Courses in Translation: Survey of Greek Literature; Survey of Latin Literature; Greek and Roman Epic in Translation; Greek and Roman Historiography; Roman Civilisation; Freshman Preceptorial (core curriculum course, with readings from Genesis to the 20th Century).

History: Classical Greek History; The Hellenistic World: Alexander to Augustus; Classical Athens and Sparta; History of the Roman Republic; History of the Roman Empire.

Graduate Seminars: The Persian Wars in Greek Literature and Thought; Thucydides: The Sicilian Expedition; Josephus, Jewish War Book VI; Hellenistic Greece; Xenophon’s Cyropaedia.





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