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Spartans: A New History

Spartans: A New History

Nigel M. Kennell

ISBN: 978-1-405-13000-4 September 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 226 Pages

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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
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

"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)
  • 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