Humanities Research Colloquium presents ‘Hoplite Enigma: Ancient Persian War Strategy and its Failures,’ Nov. 12

The Humanities Research Colloquium will host its next talk on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.  

Dr. Jenn Finn, associate professor of history, will present “The Hoplite Enigma: Ancient Persian War Strategy and its Failures.”  

Scholars of ancient history have often viewed the Greek Wars against the Persians in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. as a dominant period for the ancient Greek hoplite warrior. Eastern armies seemed incapable of overcoming the “hoplite problem.” Dr. Finn’s presentation will argue that we have been looking in the wrong places for an explanation of why the Greeks were so successful against all odds. In other words: there was no “hoplite problem.”  

Email Dr. Melissa Ganz, associate professor of English, for the meeting link.