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Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P. J. Rhodes


This book addresses the huge impact on subsequent culture made by the wars fought between ancient Persia and Greece in the early 5th century bc. It brings together sixteen interdisciplinary essays, mostly by classical scholars, on individual trends within the reception of this period of history, extending from the wars' immediate impact on ancient Greek history to their reception in literature and thought both in antiquity and in the post-Renaissance world.

Keywords: ancient Persia, ancient Greece, Persian Wars, post-Renaisssance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Bridges, editor
Associate Lecturer in Classics, Open University

Edith Hall, editor
Professor of Classics and Drama, Royal Holloway, and Co-Director, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford
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P. J. Rhodes, editor
Honorary Professor of Ancient History, University of Durham
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Section I Archetypal Theme

1 Introduction

Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P. J. Rhodes

3 Xerxes’ Homer

Johannes Haubold

Section II Ancient Variations

5 Plato and the Persian Wars

Christopher Rowe

Section III Renaissance and Enlightenment Rediscovery

Section IV Nationhood and Identity

Section V Leonidas in the Twentieth Century

End Matter