Salamis, Battle 479 BC

Commemoration of Salamis Naval Battle

Battle of Salamis, 479 BC
Ναυμαχία της Σαλαμίνας
Next edition to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Salamis, Salamis isle (Attica region)

The Event

The annual celebration of the Sea Battle of Salamis is organized by the city of Salamis, situated on the Isle in Saronic gulf, not far from Athens, where the site of the battle, Ampelakia, is to be found. The event involves the famous living history group - Spartiatikes Mores Society.

The Battle of Salamis was fought in 480 BC during the second Persian War. King Xerses led armies of the Persian Empire to conquer Greece which was represented by an alliance of several city-states. After the famous battle at the pass of Thermopylae, Athenian general Themistocles blocked the Persian navy in the Straits of Salamis and, though outnumbered, the Greek fleet got a decisive victory, sinking and capturing at least 300 Persian ships.

The celebration starts with a ceremony of throwing flower wreaths in the waters, where the Sea Battle took place, in this way paying tribute to the memory of those fallen in battle. The main event is a theatrical performance, "Persai" of Aeschylus, played under accompaniment of the ancient instruments replicas, like diaulos (double pipes), aulos (single pipe), askaulos (bagpipe) and tympanum (war drum).

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Salamis Town Council

Spartiatikes Mores living history group

Image: © Spartiatikes Mores


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