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Spartans The World of Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece

ISBN-10: 1400078857
ISBN-13: 9781400078851
Edition: 2004
Authors: Paul Cartledge
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Description: The Spartans were a society of warrior-heroes who were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, self-sacrifice, and extreme toughness. This book, written by one of the world’s leading experts on Sparta, traces the rise and fall  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

The Spartans were a society of warrior-heroes who were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, self-sacrifice, and extreme toughness. This book, written by one of the world’s leading experts on Sparta, traces the rise and fall of Spartan society and explores the tremendous influence the Spartans had on their world and even on ours. Paul Cartledge brings to life figures like legendary founding father Lycurgus and King Leonidas, who embodied the heroism so closely identified with this unique culture, and he shows how Spartan women enjoyed an unusually dominant and powerful role in this hyper-masculine society. Based firmly on original sources, The Spartans is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating cultures of ancient Greece.

Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 1979; he is also a Fellow of Clare College. His undergraduate and doctoral qualifications where obtained at Oxford, where he completed a dissertation on the archaeology and history of early Sparta under the supervision of Professor Sir John Boardman. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of a score of books, including most recently The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece; The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization; Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History c.1300-362 BC; The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others; The Spartans: An Epic History; Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past and Thermopylae: The Battle that Changed the World . He co-edits two monograph series, sits on the editorial boards of three learned journals and serves as consultant in ancient history to Duckworth publishers. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Timeline
Introduction
'Go, Tell the Spartans!'
Under the Sign of Lycurgus
Sparta in 500 BC
The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC
The Spartan Myth
The '50-year Period', 478-432 BC
Women and Religion
The Athenian War, 432-404 BC
A Crippled Kingship
The Spartan Empire, 404-371 BC
Fall and Decline, 371-331 BC
Revival and Reinvention 331 BC-AD 14
The Legacy: Leonidas Lives!
Hunting - Spartan-style
Notes
Further Reading
Select Bibliography
Picture Credits
Index

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