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The Battle of Plataea

"Thus their wickedness shall no less make them suffer: Other woes the future holds in store, and still the fount of evils is not quenched, it wells up, and overflows: so great will be the sacrificial cake of clotted gore made at Plataea by Dorian spear, and corpses, piled up like sand, shall witness, mute, even to the century to come, before the eyes of men, that never, being mortal, ought we cast our thoughts too high. Insolence, once blossoming, bears its fruit, a tasseled field of doom, from which a weeping harvest's reaped, all tears. Behold the punishment of these!"

Aeschylus, The Persians (813ff., the ghost of Darius speaks)


Herodotus IX.28-88

Given the importance of the battle, the site of ancient Plataea, itself, is overgrown and not well marked.

References: "The Persians" (1956) translated by S. G. Benardete, in The Complete Greek Tragedies: Aeschylus II edited by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore (the oldest surviving play, it also is unique in being the only Greek tragedy to be based on a contemporary event);

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