The Oath of Marathon, Not Plataia?

by Peter M. Krentz

Hesperia, Volume 76, Issue 4
Page(s): 731-742
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25068041
Year: 2007


An oath on a 4th-century B.C. stele from Acharnai has previously been identified as the Oath of Plataia, the oath taken by the Greeks before they fought the Persians at Plataia in 479. In this article the author identifies it as the Oath of Marathon, rather than as the Oath of Plataia, and suggests that Lykourgos's reference (1.80) to "the oath that was traditional among you [Athenians]" is to this Oath of Marathon.