Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Paul Cartledge and Thermopylae

Paul Cartledge will be delivering the Prentice Lecture at Princeton University on Monday, September 25th at 4:30pm in Bowl 1 at Robertson Hall. The topic of the lecture is "Alexander the Great: A Hero for all Seasons."

Cartledge, the preeminent scholar of all things Greek, is the author of ALEXANDER, as well as THE SPARTANS, which PBS adapted into a miniseries in 2003. This November his latest book THERMOPYLAE will hit the shelves. An early starred review from Kirkus has this to say:
A masterful account of the causes, preparations for and consequences of the three-day battle in 480 b.c. that claimed the lives of all 300 Spartan defenders of the eponymous pass and those of perhaps as many as 20,000 Persian invaders... A class in Western Civilization that both instructs and entertains.
--John Mark

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