Battle of Lade

Tue May 19 15:55:59 2009
I live in the Boston area and the topography has changed dramatically in the last 200 years. I know our local battlefields look nothing like they did in the late 18th century, even with respect to something as basic as elevation.

The Mesoamerican sites in Mexico and Central America are far away from major population centers but we see still fairly dramatic changes in the landscape in much less than a millennia.

These Greek sites are 2500 years old and exist in populous and highly trafficked areas. It seems unreasonable to assume the topography is even remotely similar.

The large flat plain outside of Miletus where the Battle of Lade was fought in 494 BC currently looks like the perfect terrain for a hoplite battle. However the Battle of Lade was a naval battle. Silt from the Maeander River has so completely filled in the area that the ancient island of Lade has become the present day hills of Lade—as can be seen comparing the satellite photo with the Barrington maps or this photograph of the “battlefield” with the “island” in the distance.

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~ by severalfourmany on May 19, 2009.

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