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Epitafium termopilskie w Polsce
The Thermopylae Epitaph in Poland

Author(s): Ryszard Kulesza
Subject(s): History, Ancient World, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), 19th Century, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: The Epitaph in Poland and worldwide;ancient greek history; greek-persian wars;thermophiles; simonides' epitaph

Summary/Abstract: In this essay, the author collects various examples of nineteenth- and twentieth–century references to the Thermopylae epitaph: “Stranger, go tell Sparta that here we lie, obedient to her laws”. Among these references are Isandlwana (1879), Loncin (1914), Langemarck (1914), Stalingrad (1943), Kohima (1944). Above all, however, the author is interested in the phenomenon of the exceptionally numerous Polish adaptations of the Thermopylae epitaph; in his essay, he presents over forty examples of its use in the Polish language at various lieux de mémoire.

  • Issue Year: 39/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-34
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Polish