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Overview

"The complex and distinctive Spartan tradition has been a prominent theme in western thinking from antiquity to today. Sparta is also one of a handful of ancient Greek cities with enough existing evidence for historians to create a realistic social portrait. Over the past quarter-century Paul Cartledge has established himself as the leading international authority on ancient Sparta. Spartan Reflection is a collection of his essays - two are published here for the first time, and the rest, often difficult to locate, have been revised and updated for publication in book form. Giving us a real sense of what Sparta was like as a culture, these essays constitute a fascinating introduction to and overview of ancient Spartan history and its reception. This collection, unique in breadth and scope, will be an essential source for anyone interested in this idiosyncratic society."--BOOK JACKET.
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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
  • Sales rank: 567,255
  • 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
Preface
Acknowledgments
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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