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Spartans: A New History

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2999-2
232 pages
September 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Spartans: A New History chronicles the complete history of ancient Sparta from its origins to the end of antiquity.
  • Helps bridge the gap between the common conceptions of Sparta and what specialists believe and dispute about Spartan history
  • Applies new techniques, perspectives, and archaeological evidence to the question of what it was to be a Spartan
  • Takes into account new specialist scholarship and research published in Greek, which is not readily available elsewhere
  • Places Spartan society into its wider Greek context
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List of illustrations vi

Map vii

Introduction 1

1 The Name, the Land, and the Sources 4

2 Sons of Heracles 20

3 Conquest, Crisis, and Consolidation 39

4 From Cleomenes to Pausanias 54

5 Helots and Perioeci 76

6 Governing Sparta 93

7 Leotychidas to Lysander 115

8 Agesilaus and the Army 135

9 From Archidamus III to Nabis 159

10 From the Achaean League to the Roman Empire 181

Bibliography 195

Index 203

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Nigel M. Kennell is an Instructor at the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies in Athens, Greece. He has published numerous articles on Spartan history and Greek civic institutions – especially the gymnasium – in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
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  • Provides a complete survey of Spartan history from its origins in the Bronze Age to the end of antiquity
  • Helps bridge the gap between the common conceptions of Sparta and what specialists believe and dispute about its history
  • Applies new techniques, perspectives, and archaeological evidence to the question of what it was to be a Spartan
  • Takes into account new specialist scholarship and research published in Greek, which is not readily available elsewhere
  • Places Spartan society into its wider Greek context
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"For those of us not experts in Sparta this is a useful and informative, but occasionally demanding, read." (Bryn Mawr, August 2010)
"This is a book that one may with confidence ... place in the hands of anglophone undergraduate students." (Anglo-Hellenic Review, Spring 2010)

"Kennell displays admirable historical judgment, aided by a first-hand knowledge of Spartan landscapes and archaeology. His presentation of Spartan history is wide-ranging and his conclusions are informed by the very latest scholarly thinking."
Graham Shipley, University of Leicester

"Nigel Kennell provides an expert overview of Spartan history from the Archaic to the Roman periods. Spartans: A New History will be an essential tool for all serious students and teachers of ancient history."
Ellen Millender, Reed College

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