Battle of Plataea Battlefield

Battle of Plataea Battlefield, Platanias

Battle of Plataea Battlefield

Battle of Plataea Battlefield
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A few km south of Thebes, Platanias, Crete 343 00 Greece
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674IanM
London, UK62 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
I have asked Trip Advisor to emend the geographical description but they are unwilling or are unable to do so.
Plataea is a small, modern town easily accessible from modern Thiva (Thebes) by car..It is right next the ancient site of Plataea, an immense extent of tumbled stones representing an ancient city (during its heyday often allied to classical Athens), inhabited more or less continuously for three and a half thousand years up until approx. 1000 AD. What remains of it is not as impressive as its history deserves but it nevertheless warrants an atmospheric ramble (beware of snakes).
On the spreading plain to the east of the site took place the Battle of Plataea in 479, the definitive battle of the Persian Wars. After the death of their general, the Persians followed the Great King on his homeward journey. It was a battle of quite large numbers and took place over a large expanse of the plain and there are a couple of naturally-occurring geographical aids to allow you to follow the narrative although the course of the River Aesopos seems to have been altered.
I found it fascinating although I agree with other reviewers that you would have to have a pre-interest in order to get benefit from a visit.
There are no restrictions on a visit to the site and the locals seem friendly.
Written July 14, 2017
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Antonis M
7 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
This post is obviously misplaced. The photo has the legend "A few km south of Thebes", Platanias, Crete, Greece. Plataea is indeed near Thebes in mainland Greece about 100 km north of Athens. It is not in the island of Crete. Is it possible to move the review to the correct place?
Written October 18, 2015
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Richard F
Sydney, Australia161 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
Plataea was where the Persians were finally defeated by a combined Grecian army and it led to the Golden Age for Athens. I had read about the battle and had to see the site to understand the tactics and outcome. In one way it was great to do it without the crowds but in another way it was sad to see absolutely no official recognition of the site. I still recommend that people see the site but read up beforehand or take a friend that has.
Written June 26, 2015
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Ivymantled
Springwood, Australia38 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Plataea was the final showdown in the Greco-Persian wars, and the one in which Athenian and Spartan forces finally united in the field of battle against their common foe. It resulted in the death of the Persian general Mardonius, decisive victory, and the fleeing of the remainder of the Persian army from Greece - never to return.

Today the site of that legendary battle is a quiet, rock-strewn field outside the dilapidated town of Thebes, several hours from Athens. No museum, no signs, no statues. Nothing but the stones and your imagination to take you back to a mighty clash of civilizations and military powers, that dramatically affected the fate of the modern world.

If Thermopylae, Salamis and Marathon mean anything to you from a Historical or military point of view, then Plataea should not be overlooked.

Tip - there are no bus tours to this location, and finding it yourself would be very difficult. I recommend Greecetaxi.gr who I used.
Written August 12, 2014
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