Aristides

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Aristides acts as a great introduction to the wars that made Athens great, the defensive wars against the Persian invaders, occurring between 490 and 479 BC. Plutarch admired Aristides immensely, so he serves as a great introduction to the standards Plutarch holds up for the other leaders he studies.

Parallel – Cato the Elder

Mini-Outline

His life pretty much follows the important events of the Persian Wars:

  • Marathon – 490 BC
  • Political Height
  • Salamis – 480 BC
  • Plataea Disaster – 479 BC
  • Aftermath
    • From defense to offense
    • Rise of the Delian League

Important People

  • Miltiades is the Athenian general at Marathon
  • Themistocles is the Athenian mastermind behind Salamis
  • Pausanias, the Spartan, leads at Plataea

Important Places

  • Delphi –
  • Marathon –
  • Salamis –
  • Plataea –

C. 1 – Rich Man, Poor Man

C. 2 – Friends and Rivals

C. 3 – Main Rival: Themistocles

C. 4 – The Just Man

C. 5 – Battle of Marathon

C. 6 – Justice and Divinity

C. 7. – Ostracism – General and Particular

C. 8 – Salamis – The Setup and Recall

C. 9 – Salamis – The Psyttaleia Strategy

C. 10 – Retreat to the Hellespont

C. 11 – Plataea – Aristides Leads the Athenians

C. 12 – Plataea – The Tegean Complaint

C. 13 – Plataea – Plots Uncovered

C. 14 – Plataea – Cavalry Skirmish

C. 15 – Plataea – Macedonian Information

C. 16 – Plataea – Battle Lines

C. 17 – Plataea – The Plan Fails

C. 18 – Plataea – Pausanias Prays

C. 19 – Plataea – Mardonius Slain and the Casualties Counted

C. 20 – Plataea – The Prize for Valor

C. 21 – Plataea – Thanksgiving to the Gods

C. 22 – Themistocles’ Plan Rejected

C. 23 – Athenian Hegemony

C. 24 – Taxes Set for the Hellenic League

C. 25 – Perjury and Poverty

C. 26 – Death and Defense from Ignominy

C. 27 – Tomb and Legacy

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