Thursday, April 24, 2014

New military history research: Ancient Rome and Greece

Five articles of interest from Classical Quarterly on literature related to ancient war:

Jeffrey Murray discusses Diodorus Siculus’ account of the Battle of Thermopylae.  Murray examines the source of Siculus’ account since it so markedly differs from more well known accounts of the battle.
Seven iron arrowheads and spearheads were found in the Koinos hill, 
where the last defenders of the Thermopyles fell.
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Louise Hodgson examines the opening of the Res Gestae and asks why Octavian points out he was nineteen when he raised forces to save Rome.  Hodgson points out that nineteen is too young for various reasons to do what he did and yet Octavian makes a strong point about his age.   

Kenneth R. Jones examines the date of a poem purported to have been written shortly after the Island of Rhodes successfully resisted a siege in the 4th century BC.  Jones argues that the poem could have been written much later than during the time of the successful resistance and puts forth his arguments. 
 1745 - Copper engraved view of the town & the Colossus of Rhodes.  
This a fanciful representation of the statue which fell in 226 BC.

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