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Marathon2500: “Herodotus and the Invention of History” with Robert Strassler

Reading Odyssey, Inc.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

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"Herodotus and the Invention of History"

Tuesday, May 10 2011 
1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT (90 minute lecture and Q&A) 

Editor of the Landmark HerodotusLandmark ThucydidesLandmark Xenophon and forthcoming editions on Ariane and others, Robert Strassler is widely acclaimed for making the work of these ancient Greek historians accessible to modern readers. In his lecture, he will talk about Herodotus, the first historian, and how in writing about the Persian Wars – incluiding the Battle of Marathon - Herodotus invented history.

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" 

Robert Strassler Biography

Robert Strassler is an independent scholar and businessman.  He is the editor of the Landmark Thucydides, the Landmark Herodotus and the Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika, which are widely acclaimed for making the work of these ancient Greek historians accessible to modern readers through careful and thorough annotation and an imaginative format which includes, among other things, one hundred-forty maps.  He is now working on an edition of Arrian in the same Landmark format.  A graduate of Harvard University and its business school, Strassler is a General Partner of Weston Associates in Great Barrington, Mass.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Accion International, he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medici Archive Project, Chair of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities, Inc., Chair Emeritus of the Board of Overseers of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a member of the Board of Trustees for The National Humanities Center, a member of the Advisory Council to the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University and a Board member of the Reading Odyssey, Inc.

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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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