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  • An Analysis of Herodotus in "The Persian Wars": 8. The Battle of Plataia

    06/08/2021 6:17:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies ^ | 1960 | Professor Livio Catullo Stecchini
    Mardonios had urged the King not to abandon the enterprise even after the debacle at Salamis. According to Mardonios there was a way to invade the Peloponnese even without a ferry and he argued with the King that he could proceed to that invasion the following year if he had 300,000 men, that is, half of the army that had come to Greece in 380 B.C.Mardonios marched with the King's army up to Thessaly and there he went into winter quarters. The following spring he was joined by 40,000 men under Artabazos who had followed the King in his withdrawal...
  • An Analysis of Herodotus in "The Persian Wars": 4. The Battle of Marathon

    06/01/2021 9:44:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies ^ | 1960 | Professor Livio Catullo Stecchini
    The Persian plans were intelligently and carefully conceived, as they usually were, but they were foiled by the genius of Miltiades who followed the military maxim pour les vaincre il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace. The Persians knew that after the withdrawal of the cavalry they were exposed to an Athenian attack, but they must have calculated that if this attack was launched they could embark their infantry and sail off before the Athenians reached the shore. At a normal pace it would take about 15 or 20 minutes for the Athenian hoplite formation to advance...