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Article

Reconsidering the movement of Pausanias’army before the Battle of Plataiai in 479 BC

Revue internationale d’Histoire Militaire Ancienne. 2017. No. 5. P. 33-50.

The article provides a reconsideration of the movements
of the army under the direction of the Spartan
Pausanias before the last phase of the battle of Plataiai
in 479 BC – the crucial moment of the Persian Wars,
when Persian land forces in Greece were defeated
and after the battle fled away from Greece. The
author suggests that both literary sources and the
topography of the Kithairon region provide a better
understanding of the movement of Pausanias’
army. The strategic importance of Erythrai has been
overlooked: the Kastron peak (656 m.) was vital for
Pausanias to make an accurate reconnaissance of the
landscape before the battle came to a final phase.