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Map of Boeotia and Thebes.
Appreciate this is in French but hopefully you can work out the relevant locations I mention including the regions (Beotie/Boeotia and Attique/Attica). You can see Siphes (Siphae), Delion (Delium) and Platees (Plataea). Good map!
Delium and that flamethrower.
Never expected to find this and wish I had prior to recording the episode. The air was blown across the fiery cauldron which meant the dangerous fire was all at one end. This is a model in the Thessaloniki Science Museum.
Just in case you weren’t aware – the hoplites were the basic infantrymen. There wasn’t much of a standardisation, but the expectation was a shield, spear and some form of body armour (linen corselet). Helmets could vary from a basic cap to the more elaborate Corinthian.
Aristophanes, The Archanians.
Euripides, The Suppliants.
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War.
Sophocles, Oedipus the King.
The Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan.
Thucydides, Donald Kagan.
Tyranny and Political Culture in Ancient Greece, James F McGlew.
Thebes, Paul Cartledge.
Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, Tim Whitmarsh.
Sparta at War, Scott M Rusch.
Hoplites at War, Bardunias and Ray.
Thebes as the ‘Anti-Athens‘. Ita Hilton.
The dancing floor of War. A study of Theban Imperialism within Boeotia. Alex Wilson.