Ancient Sparta

Ancient Sparta

by Pete DiPrimio

Hardcover(Library Binding)



Ancient Sparta had some secrets. Are you ready to hear them? For instance, a Spartan leader named Lycurgus was the Spartan George Washington. Yet he told a lie and preserved the most formidable fighting power of the ancient world. The last thing people wanted to see were Spartan warriors combing their long hair. Why? Because war was about to break out, and it would be nasty. Sparta scrapped gold and silver for iron bars that nobody wanted, and became rich in what mattered most. Spartan boys learned to steal and spy. They only got in trouble if they got caught, which is why only in Sparta would a boy let a stolen fox chew through his stomach rather than cry out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612282763
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Series: Explore Ancient Worlds Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

A Fierce Spirit 3

Sidebar: Battle of Plataea, 479 BCE 11

Chapter 2

Lycurgus Rules 13

Sidebar: Strange Laws 17

Chapter 3

Cynisca: The Woman Who Conquered Men 19

Sidebar: Gorgo and Spartan Women 25

Chapter 4

Spartan Life 27

Sidebar: Spartan Wit 31

Chapter 5

The Warrior Way 33

Sidebar: A little History 37

Spartan Craft: Spartan Shield 38

Spartan Recipe: Greek Mullet 40

Historical Timeline of Sparta 41

Chapter Notes 42

Works Consulted 44

Further Reading 44

Books 45

On the Internet 45

Glossary 47

Index 48

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