Spartans: A New History

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 19, 2011 - History - 232 pages
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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The Name the Land and the Sources
Sons of Heracles
Conquest Crisis and Consolidation
From Cleomenes to Pausanias
HeIots and Perioeci
Governing Sparta
Leotychidas to Lysander
Agesilaus and the Army
From Archidamus III to Nabis
From the Achaean League to the Roman Empire

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About the author (2011)

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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