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Open Online Seminar: The Naval Battle of Salamis: An Instructive Example of Coalition Naval Warfare
Open Online Seminar: The Naval Battle of Salamis: An Instructive Example of Coalition Naval Warfare
05.11.2020 19.00 h
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The Greek Community of Melbourne would like to thank the General Secretariat of Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad for facilitating this presentation

Presenter: Dr Zisis Fotakis

Language of Presentation: EnglishR.M.L.G.*: 0 - No knowledge of Greek required.


The naval battle of Salamis is one the largest military confrontations in antiquity having a modern demographic equivalent of well over 20 million souls. It is also the bloodiest naval battle of antiquity, recording many more human losses than most sea battles of the 20th century as a result of the speed and manoeuverability of the trireme, which depended on the physicality of its rowers, who in turn constituted an easy and obvious target for the enemy.

The naval battle of Salamis did not end the Greek-Persian War. Its strategic importance resembles that of the Battle of Stalingrad. It shows that coalitions can be impressive force multipliers, despite their often convoluted decision-making processes. It is also a telling reminder of the capacity of the Hellenic nation to work miracles against the numerically superior adversaries, despite its small size and often divided polity. My presentation comments upon notable features of this memorable event.

Zisis Fotakis is a graduate of Athens University (B.A. in History) and Oxford University (M.Sc. in Economic and Social History, and Ph.D. in Naval History). His monograph "Greek Naval Strategy and Policy, 1910-1919" (Routledge: London and New York, 2005) was awarded a prestigious prize by the Hellenic Academy of Arts and Sciences (Akademia Athenon), and was favorably reviewed by eminent naval historians such as Professors Lambert, Rodger, Halpern, and Glete. He was an academic visitor at Yale University and at the United States Naval War College. He has also received distinctions such as a Fulbright Research Scholarship, and a Caird Junior Research Fellowship.


In order to keep everyone safe we have organized this seminar to be delivered online. However, we are well aware that for some, a large part of the appeal of our seminars is the very active audience participation. Therefore we are providing two ways for you to enjoy the seminar:

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* R.M.L.G.: Recommended Minimum Level of Greek in order to enjoy this Event, on a scale of 0 to 5.


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