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Spartans: A New History

ISBN: 978-1-4443-6053-0
232 pages
September 2011, 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 is the author of The Gymnasium of Virtue (1995), and 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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In der Einleitung stellt Kennell zu Recht fest, dass es eine große Diskrepanz zwischen dem verbreiteten Spartabild und den Forschungsmeinungen und -debatten gibt. Diesen Graben will das Buch überbrücken, das in der Tat über eine "Einführung" hinausgeht, indem durchgängig auf antike Quellen verwiesen wird. Außerdem werden Forschungsdebatten nachgezeichnet [...] Die Kritik im Detail ändert nichts daran, dass der entworfene Überblick grundsolide ist. Kennell greift neuere Forschungspositionen auf und berücksichtigt jüngere Inschriften- und Papyrusfunde, was das Buch zu einer "Neuen Geschichte" macht. [...] diese detailreiche und umfassende Synopse kann dem Sparta-Interessierten nur empfohlen werden.

"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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