Free Articles from the University of Cambridge on the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis


Cambridge Journals presents a whole new collection of research into the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis – marking 2,500 years since the Persian invasion of 480 BC descended on the Greek peninsula.

Access to these academic articles from the Cambridge Journal is free until the end of October 2021.

Foreword by Chris Carey, British scholar and professor emeritus of Greek at University College London.

“2,500 years ago this year, a massive Persian force descended on Greece. As we can not tell. The ancient digits for Persian numbers are greatly exaggerated from the start.

“Only a few years after the war, an inscription in Thermopylae, the site of the first engagement between the Greek forces and the invaders, indicated the figure of 3 million for the army.

“Modern numbers in different ways usually reduce that number to around 200,000. Even that can be way too high. But by all calculations, it was the greatest force ever seen on the Greek peninsula on that date …

“It is this pivotal moment which is at the center of the essays and chapters contained in this selection of works from classic journals. It purposely contains works published at different times over the past century.

“He’s not making any attempt at full coverage, if that was possible. But it does contain some great studies and, hopefully, food for thought. “

The full collection of items can be found here on the Cambridge University Press website.

READ MORE: On this day in 480 BC, Greece won the Battle of Salamis.


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