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Classical and Near Eastern Studies Presents

"The Phocian Betrayal at the Battle of Thermopylae" with Jeffrey Rop

3/29/17, 3:45 PM

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Please join us for "The Phocian Betrayal at the Battle of Thermopylae" with Jeffrey Rop, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Abstract
"In this paper, I offer two novel arguments regarding the battle at Thermopylae. First, that Xerxes never ordered a full, sustained direct assault on the fortified gate held by Leonidas and the Greeks, but that Herodotus greatly exaggerated the extent of the casualties suffered by the Persians during the first two days of fighting. Second, that the Persians turned Leonidas’ position at Thermopylae because the Phocians assigned to defend the Greek flank along the Anopaea path betrayed their allies. The Persian victory was not due to the fortuitous appearance of a treacherous local Greek named Ephialtes, but to the disciplined execution of a sound a tactical plan that exploited vulnerabilities among the newly-formed Greek alliance."

Biography
Jeffrey Rop earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University, and is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His research focuses on the political and military history of ancient Greece and Achaemenid Persia in the fourth and fifth centuries BCE.

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Event Location
  • 135 Nicholson Hall
  • 216 Pillsbury Drive SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA