John Marincola “Epilogue: What Happened After the Battle of Marathon” – Marathon2500 Lecture #8

Professor John Marincola, the Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University, delivered on June 8, 2011 Marathon2500 Lecture #*, “Epilogue: What happened after the Battle of Marathon”, to the Reading Odyssey’s global remote lecture network. 

You can listen here to the podcast:

And see the slides from his talk here:


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, A.G. Leventis Chair of Greek Culture at Cambridge University. 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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John Marincola Biography

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John Marincola (Ph.D., Brown) is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics. He specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997), Greek Historians (Oxford, 2001), and (with Michael A. Flower) Herodotus: Histories Book IX (Cambridge, 2002). He has edited A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Blackwell, 2007) and co-edited (with Carolyn Dewald) the Cambridge Companion to Herodotus (Cambridge, 2006); he has revised the Penguin edition of Herodotus’ Histories (1996; further revised edition, 2003), and will soon publish a revision of Plutarch’s Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin, 2010). He has written articles on many Greek and Roman historians and is currently at work on a book on Hellenistic historiography. Professor Marincola is also a member of the board of the Reading Odyssey and was the first scholar to work in partnership with the organization.

Research Projects in Progress

Hellenistic Historiography

Studies in Plutarch’s de Malignitate Herodoti

Plutarch’s Persian Wars: Myth History and Identity in Roman Greece

Recent Publications and Lectures


Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge 1997)

Greek Historians (Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics, no. 31); Oxford 2001

Herodotus: Histories Book IX, edited with introduction and notes by M. A. Flower and John Marincola (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, Cambridge 2002)

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, 2 vols. (Oxford and Malden, Mass. 2007).


‘Historiography’, in A. Erskine, ed., A Companion to Ancient History (Blackwell 2009) 13–22.

‘Odysseus and the Historians’, SyllClass 18 (2007) 1–79.

‘Universal History from Ephorus to Diodorus’, in A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford 2007) 171–9.


‘The “Rhetoric” of History: Exemplarity, Allusion and Intertextuality in Ancient Historiographical Speeches’, keynote address at the Conference Perspektive, Polyphonie, Performativität: Funktionen von Reden in antiken Geschichtswerken, Giessen, September 25, 2008.

‘Eros and Empire: Virgil, Sallust, and the Narrative of Civil War’, Cambridge Literature Seminar, Cambridge, May 28, 2008.

‘History and Tragedy – and Comedy?’, University of Bristol, May 22, 2008.

09. June 2011 by Phil Terry
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