Spartan Society

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In 2002 the Fourth International Sparta Seminar was held at Glasgow University; sixteen of the papers from that seminar are published here in this well-presented and authoritative study. Their emphasis is on the institutions of Sparta, the role of cult in other areas of life, the women of Sparta, Spartan politics and the construction of the Spartan image or 'mirage'. Specific subjects include the motif of snatching in Spartan culture, suicide, the Hyakinthia festivals, female property ownership, the death of ...

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Overview

In 2002 the Fourth International Sparta Seminar was held at Glasgow University; sixteen of the papers from that seminar are published here in this well-presented and authoritative study. Their emphasis is on the institutions of Sparta, the role of cult in other areas of life, the women of Sparta, Spartan politics and the construction of the Spartan image or 'mirage'. Specific subjects include the motif of snatching in Spartan culture, suicide, the Hyakinthia festivals, female property ownership, the death of women, Thucydides' descripton of the massacre of 2,000 helots, Xenophon and modern perceptions of Sparta.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780954384579
  • Publisher: Classical Press of Wales, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Snatching and keeping : the motif of taking a Spartan culture 1
2 Suicide in Spartan society 25
3 The nature of the Spartan kleros 47
4 The Hyakinthia of Sparta 77
5 Female property ownership and empowerment in classical and Hellenistic Sparta 103
6 The women of Sparta - and of other Greek cities - at war 137
7 Women's way of death : fatal childbirth or hierai? : commemorative stones at Sparta and Plutarch, Lycurgus, 27.3 151
8 The logic of terror : Thucydides, Spartan duplicity and an improbable massacre 179
9 The clandestine massacre of the helots (Thucydides 4.80) 199
10 Orestes at Sparta : the political significance of the grave of the hero 219
11 Xenophon's sons in Sparta? : perspectives on xenoi in the Spartan upbringing 231
12 Xenophon, Artemis and Scillus 251
13 Aristomenes of Messenia and his talismanic shield 283
14 Utopia on the Eurotas : economic aspects of the Spartan mirage 309
15 The paradigm of democracy : Sparta in enlightenment thought 339
16 Loyalty and liberty : Thermopylae in western imagination 363
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