Podcasts for the Marathon2500 lecture series - produced globally by The Reading Odyssey and provided at no charge with the support of leading scholars, the Reading Odyssey board of trustees and our sponsors.
The Context and Meaning of the Battle of Marathon (Sept 28, 2010)
Professor Paul Cartledge's kickoff lecture for the Marathon2500 program given Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at NYU (and worldwide via our remote lecture network).
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The Battle Itself (Oct 12, 2010)
Professor Peter Krentz's lecture Marathon2500 lecture given on Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010 at Georgetown University (and worldwide via our remote lecture network).
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The Life of a Soldier: Persian and Greek (Nov 10, 2010)
Professor Victor Davis Hanson's Marathon2500 lecture given on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 worldwide via our remote lecture network.
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The Persian Version: Battle of Marathon from the Persian Perspective (Jan 18, 2011)
Professor Thomas Harrison delivered this fourth lecture in the Maraton2500 series on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 worldwide via our remote lecture network.
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Marathon and the Moderns (Feb 9, 2011)
Ultra-Marathoner Dean Karnazes and Professor Paul Cartledge delivered the fifth Marathon2500 lecture talking about the ancient runner Pheidippides and the influence of the Marathon story on modern sports.
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War and Sports (April 5, 2011)
Professor Tom Scanlon delivered the sixth Marathon2500 lecture focused on the fascinating and puzzling legend(s) of Pheidippides (or whatever his name was), ancient long-distance messenger runners ("day runners" hemerodromoi) as a class, ancient footraces in the stadium, perhaps a bit about the Olympic truce (on the theme of sport and war), the Marathon Race in the modern Olympics, and modern long-distance running.
Herodotus and the Invention of History (May 10, 2011)
Independent Scholar Robert Strassler delivered the seventh Marathon2500 lecture focused on the important work of Herodotus. In a wide-ranging discussion with Professor Paul Cartledge, Chairman of Marathon2500 and A.G. Leventis Chair of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, Strassler, the editor of the Landmark Herodotus, talked about that important book, recognized as not just the chronicle of the Persian Wars but as the first history ever written.
Epilogue: What happened after the Battle of Marathon (June 8, 2011)
Professor Marincola (Ph.D., Brown) is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University. The editor of the Penguin Herodotus, Professor Marincola specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric and in this final lecture of the Marathon2500 series, Professor Marincola talked about what happened after the battle.
The Context and Meaning of the Battle of Marathon: Why We Have Celebrated (Sept 23, 2011)
Professor Paul Cartledge's final lecture for the Marathon2500 program given Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - the actual date of the 2,500 year anniversary - worldwide via our remote lecture webinar network.
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