Paul Cartledge "The Context and Meaning of the Battle of Marathon – Why We Have Been Celebrating the 2,500 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon" – Marathon2500 Lecture #9

Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor Greek Culture, Cambridge University and Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy at New York University, delivered on September 21, 2011 in front of a live global webinar audience the final lecture of the Reading Odyssey’s Marathon2500 program. 

Other scholars joined Professor Cartledge including Professor James Romm of Bard, Professor John Marincola of Florida State, Professor Thomas Harrison of Liverpool University and Independent Scholar Robert Strassler.  Further, a number of scholars sent in their thoughts on the significance of the anniversary (see the slides below for their quotes).

Listen here to Professor Cartledge’s final Marathon2500 lecture delivered on the actual date of the 2,500 year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon – September 21, 2011:

See the slides:

About Marathon2500

With the support of several of the world’s best Hellenic scholars and sports historians, Marathon2500 commemorated the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon with nine lectures between September 2010 and September 2011 on the cultural, intellectual and athletic legacy of the battle. Delivered before live audiences, webcast online and archived for listening on demand, Marathon2500 was a program of the Reading Odyssey chaired by Professor Paul Cartledge. To multiply the impact around the world, the Reading Odyssey worked with libraries, community centers, universities, colleges, high schools, museums and sports organizations to create satellite listening centers (see more about the remote lecture network here).

Marathon2500 Podcast Library 

Professor Paul Cartledge and the Reading Odyssey have preserved the Marathon2500 lecture series in podcast format for readers, students and scholars. 

To access the whole library, click here:

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Professor Paul Cartledge Biography

For Professor Paul Cartledge’s full biography, please visit this link (and scroll to the bottom):


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