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The Spartans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2007

    Authoritive and informative.

    I read this book with high hopes and learned a lot because of it. It is not the most desirable reading you can find in this subject (I've seen better-and worse), but it does teach one, with very much detail, about the lives of the Spartans. I recommend it only for history enthusiasts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007


    Although the author is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject, his writing, as the earlier reviewer noted, leaves much to be desired. Run on sentences and a general lack of flow makes this a somewhat laborious read. The information included is great, but his thoughts come across in a very disjointed fashion. For example, the chapters are arranged chronologically, yet he interrupts this pattern with a chapter on Spartan women, right in the middle of the book, a topic he might better have tackled earlier. Probably the best chapter is the last, on the legacy of Leonidas. However, this is followed by an appendix which is a rebuttal of a book written on fox hunting in England (because the author of that book invoked the ancient Greeks to justify his approval of the fox hunt). All in all, a let down, which makes one reluctant to bother checking out Cartledge's new book on Thermopylae.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    Hard reader

    Mr. Cartledge's writing style leaves a lot to be desired. Run on sentences are found throughout. By the time one reaches an end of a sentence it is difficult to remember the initial thought. This grammar interferes with the enjoyment of the book. Maybe the tv special will make things clear.

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