Spartan Reflections / Edition 1

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"This is a book that scholars will read with pleasure, and a book from which advanced undergraduates and graduates will gain a sense of what Sparta was like as a culture, and (just as important) the nature and state of play of contemporary Spartan studies. And it will be accessible for the well informed lay reader as well."—Josiah Ober, author of Political Dissent in Democratic Athens

"Paul Cartledge's aim, in this powerful collection of essays, is to shed light in dark places, to demythicize... Cartledge is shrewd, realistic, and far from starry-eyed. Over a quarter-century's exhaustive research, now updated, has gone into these densely documented and tightly argued essays. These Spartans, in the last resort, are exploitative slave-drivers, obsessed with keeping their serfs down (by annually killing off any resisters, among other things)... Modern idealizers of cold baths, black broth, mindless discipline and long route marches should read this book and, hopefully, have second thoughts."—Peter Green, author of Alexander to Actium

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Generous with ideas, accurately unsolemn, thoroughly footnoted, Cartledge casts keen light on Athens's surly Other.
Times Literary Supplement
Generous with ideas, accurately unsolemn, thoroughly footnoted, Cartledge casts keen light on Athens's surly Other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520231245
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History, University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300–362 B. C.(1979), Agesilaos and the Crisis of Sparta(1987), The Spartans: An Epic History(November 15, 2002), and (with A. Spawforth) Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities (1989).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Pt. I Sparta-Watching
1 'Sparta-Watching': General Introduction 3
Pt. II Polity, Politics and Political Thought
2 City and Chora in Sparta: Archaic to Hellenistic 9
3 The Peculiar Position of Sparta in the Development of the Greek City-State 21
4 Literacy in the Spartan Oligarchy 39
5 The Spartan Kingship: Doubly Odd? 55
6 Comparatively Equal: A Spartan Approach 68
Pt. III Society, Economy and Warfare
7 A Spartan Education 79
8 The Politics of Spartan Pederasty 91
9 Spartan Wives: Liberation or Licence? 106
10 Rebels and Sambos in Classical Greece: A Comparative View 127
11 The Birth of the Hoplite: Sparta's Contribution to Early Greek Military Organization 153
Pt. IV The Mirage Re-Viewed
12 The Mirage of Lykourgan Sparta: Some Brazen Reflections 169
13 The Importance of Being Dorian: An Onomastic Gloss on the Hellenism of Oscar Wilde 185
Notes 193
Bibliography 231
Index Locorum 264
General Index 268
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