Commemorating Classical Battles
A Landscape Biography Approach to Marathon, Leuktra, and Chaironeia
Imprint: Oxbow Books
272 Pages, 170 x 239 mm, B/w and color
- May 2023
The research has led to several conclusions. While the commemoration of each battle can be divided into stages, these stages are not always discrete. There is variation in the types of commemorations within the stages, dependent on time, surrounding space, and the parties involved. Single commemorations can resonate differently with multiple audiences. The processes within the stage of memory curation lead to the subsequent lapse. The final stage of commemoration for each battle begins with the rediscovery of ancient monuments and continues to this day.
The battles of Marathon, Leuktra, and Chaironeia are case studies for three reasons. First, they effectively span the period of Classical Greece (Marathon in 490 BCE to Chaironeia in 338 BCE). Secondly, these battles had different participants, thus allowing a variety of perspectives of both the victorious and the defeated. Lastly, these were battles that left lasting impacts in the material and literary record, making their commemoration relevant not only in antiquity, but also in the modern world.
2. The Battlefield of Marathon
3. The Battlefield of Leuktra
4. The Battlefield of Chaironeia
5. The Commemoration of Classical Battles in Extramural Sanctuaries
6. The Commemoration of Classical Battles in City Spaces