Presentation on theme: "Marathon: The 2500 th Anniversary of an Ancient Battle and its Modern Legacy Professor Katherine Panagakos Richard Stockton College October 14, 2010."— Presentation transcript:
Marathon: The 2500 th Anniversary of an Ancient Battle and its Modern Legacy Professor Katherine Panagakos Richard Stockton College October 14, 2010
Marathon: The 2500 th Anniversary of an Ancient Battle and its Modern Legacy Sponsored by: The Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of NJ (http://hellenicfederationnj.com/)http://hellenicfederationnj.com/ Co-sponsored by: The Hellenic Club of Philadelphia The Friends of Hellenic Studies at Stockton (www.stockton.edu/ichs)www.stockton.edu/ichs The Stockton History Club OGRE (The Order of Greco-Roman Enthusiasts)
“The Marathon to Athens Run” Most famous yet least historically accurate and, therefore, probably not likely.
Lord Byron 1788-1824 Philhellene Fought for Greeks in the Greek War of Independence Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: The Plain of Marathon (1821-1818) The Isles of Greece (1821)
Modern Olympics Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin 1894-IOC formed April 1896, Games of I Olympiad Held in Athens; 14 countries Michel Breal suggested a long- distance race 17 runners Began at bridge in Marathon and ended at the Panathanaiko Stadium -24.8 miles Winner was Spyridon “Spiros” Louis (2:58:50)
Modern Marathon 1896: 24.85 1900: 25.02 1904: 24.85 1908: 26.22 Boston Marathon-oldest annual (1897) 1967 Boston Marathon* 1984 Los Angeles XXIII Olympiad
Aeschylus Father of Greek tragedy c. 525-456/5 BC 7/70 or 90 plays Oresteia (only trilogy) The Persians Α ἰ σχύλον Ε ὐ φορίωνος Ἀ θηνα ῖ ον τόδε κεύθει μν ῆ μα καταφθίμενον πυροφόροιο Γέλας· ἀ λκ ὴ ν δ' ε ὐ δόκιμον Μαραθώνιον ἄ λσος ἂ ν ε ἴ ποι κα ὶ βαθυχαιτήεις Μ ῆ δος ἐ πιστάμενος Beneath this stone lies Aeschylus, son of Euphorion, the Athenian, who perished in the wheat-bearing land of Gela; of his noble prowess the grove of Marathon can speak, or the long-haired Persian who knows it well.