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This volume introduces the reader to every important aspect of the society of Sparta, the dominant power in southern Greece from the seventh century B.C. and the great rival of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries. Michael Whitby presents essays on key aspects of Spartan history and society, by some of the leading classicists in the world, such as Paul Cartledge, Anton Powell, and Stephen Hodkinson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939577
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,252,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
Introduction 1
Pt. I Early Sparta
1 The Credibility of Early Spartan History 26
Pt. II Power and Government at Sparta
2 The Government of Classical Sparta 49
3 Trials at Sparta 69
Pt. III The Spartiate World
4 Spartiate Landownership and Inheritance 86
5 Dining Groups, Marriage, Homosexuality 90
6 Social Order and the Conflict of Values in Classical Sparta 104
7 Spartan Wives: Liberation or Licence? 131
8 Religion in Public Life 161
Pt. IV Perioeci and Helots
9 Perioecic Society 182
10 The Helot Threat 190
11 The Obligations of Helots 196
Pt. V Sparta and the Outside World
12 Sparta's 'Foreign Policy' 218
13 The Origins and Organisation of the Peloponnesian League 223
Pt. VI Spartan Decline
14 The Decline of Sparta 236
Intellectual Chronology 258
Guide to Further Reading 260
Bibliography 263
Index 268
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