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"HERODOTUS" Summer Course

Greco-Persian Wars: Geopolitical & Strategic Approaches of International System in the 5th c.BC


26 June - 1 July 2017
Organised by : Academy for Strategic Analyses (ASA)

Programme


DAY - TIME ACTIVITIES VENUES
SUNDAY Arrival of Participants
Arrival of participants
Welcome drink (reception)
MONDAY INTRODUCTION

Presentations:

  • The Geopolitics in ancient Mediterranean
  • The Grand Strategies of Athens and the Persian Empire
  • Introduction to the Greco-Persian Wars - Historic framework, Origins of the conflict
  • Main campaigns and battles - Conduct of battles
  • Leadership as the catalyst during the Greco-Persian Wars
  • Applied Operational Analysis in Strategic and Tactical Level of the Battles
Lunch group

Guided tour to the Athens War Museum

Athens War Museum
TUESDAY BATTLE OF MARATHON

Transport to Marathon (by bus via route of the Marathon)

The battlefield and the conduct of the battle

Visit guided to the Archaeological Museum and the Tomb of Marathon

Presentations:

  • Leadership, tactics, weapon technology, conclusions
  • The Greek hoplites and the phalanx formation

Swimming in Marathon beach - Lunch group

Return to hotel - Free time


Marathon battlefield area (40 km from Athens)
WEDNESDAY BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE

Transport to Thermopylae by bus

The battlefield and the conduct of the battle

Visit guided to the Archaeological Museum and the Monument of Thermopylae

Presentations:

  • Leadership, tactics, weapon technology, conclusions

Swimming in nearby beach - Lunch group

Visit to Plataea battlefield: Analysis of the Battle


Return to hotel - Free time

Thermopylae battlefield area
THURSDAY BATTLE OF SALAMIS

Transport to Piraeus

Guided tour to the Museum of Maritime History and the ancient triremes’ shipsheds.

Presentation:

  • The Athenian and the Persian fleets and sea power
  • Analysis of the Battle of Salamis, leadership, tactics, conclusions

Transport to the island of Salamis via the strait of the battle – The conduct of the battle

Swimming in a Salamis island’s beach - Lunch group

Return to hotel - Free time

Museum of Maritime History

Island of Salamis
FRIDAY WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY – THE TRIREME

Visit (guided) to the reconstructed ancient Athenian trireme “Olympias”

Analysis of the technology and the use of the triremes

Lunch group

Return to hotel - Free time

Farewell dinner - Award of Certificates

Park of Maritime Tradition
SATURDAY Visit to Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum