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The Landmark Thucydides
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Thucydides

Covering the conflict between Sparta and Athens and their respective allies in the 5th century BCE this is a fascinating insight into ancient Greek politics, war and society in a crucial period of Greece's history.  Not only are...
Thermopylae: The Battle For The West
Book Review by Ernle Bradford

Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

Ernle Bradford’s Thermopylae: The Battle for the West is an exciting book for general enthusiasts of ancient history. This speedy read does not strictly focus on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans...
A Companion to the Classical Greek World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

A Companion to the Classical Greek World

An excellent and comprehensive overview of the Greek world from the early 5th to late 4th century  BCE. Divided into 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the field, all the major themes of Classical Greece are covered: politics...
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

Hellenika covers 411-362BC, the final years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War.  This edition has everything: maps galore, illustrations, many illustrative photos of ancient sites (in b&w), footnotes, detailed appendixes of other...
The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Another excellent book from the Oxford Handbook series with sixty-eight chapters arranged by theme, each written by a leading scholar in that particular field. Topics covered include literature, theatre, politics, philosophy, warfare, trade...
The Abduction of Helen of Sparta
Image by The British Museum

The Abduction of Helen of Sparta

A detail of a scene from an Attic spouted krater perhaps showing the abduction/elopement of Helen of Troy with Paris which sparked off the Trojan War. Other interpretations include Ariadne and Theseus as the two figures. Made c. 735...
Peloponnesian War
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War fought between ancient Athens and Sparta (who won) and their respective allies came in two stages, the first from c. 460 to 446 BCE and the second and more significant war from 431 to 404 BCE. With battles occurring...
The Delian League, Part 6: The Decelean War and the Fall of Athens (413/2-404/3 BCE)
Article by Christopher Planeaux

The Delian League, Part 6: The Decelean War and the Fall of Athens (413/2-404/3 BCE)

The sixth and last phase of the Delian League begins with the Decelean War, also referred to as the Ionian War, and ends with the surrender of Athens (413/2 – 404/3 BCE). The final nine years of the Delian League became the most chaotic...
Pericles
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Pericles

Pericles (l. 495–429 BCE) was a prominent Greek statesman, orator, and general during the Golden Age of Athens. The period in which he led Athens, in fact, has been called the Age of Pericles due to his influence...
Epaminondas
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Epaminondas

Epaminondas (or Epameinondas, c. 420 - 362 BCE) was a Theban general who famously defeated Sparta at the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BCE. The daring and brilliant pre-meditated tactics of Epaminondas earned a decisive victory over Sparta and...