Ancient Sparta, however, was a city of contrasts. We might admire their physical toughness and heroism in adversity but Spartans also systematically abused their children. They gave rights to citizen women that were unmatched in Europe until the modern era, meanwhile subjecting their conquered subject peoples to a murderous reign of terror. Though idealized by the Athenian contemporaries of Socrates Sparta was almost devoid of intellectual achievement.
Philip Matyszak explores two themes: how Sparta came to be the unique society it was, and the rise of the city from a Peloponnesian village to the military superpower of Greece. But above all, his focus is on the Spartan hoplite, the archetypal Greek warrior who was respected and feared throughout Greece in his own day, and who has since become a legend. The reader is shown the man behind the myth; who he was, who he thought he was, and the environment which produced him.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 This is Sparta 1
Chapter 2 Becoming Sparta 17
Chapter 3 The First Messenian War 33
Chapter 4 Lycurgus 45
Chapter 5 The Second Messenian War 59
Chapter 6 The Making of a Spartan Warrior 71
Chapter 7 Domination of the Peloponnese 83
Chapter 8 Cleomenes I - Sparta's 'Mad' King 97
Chapter 9 The Spartan Army 115
Chapter 10 The Road to Marathon 133
Chapter 11 Thermopylae: Their Finest Hour 147
Chapter 12 Apogee 165
Select Bibliography 185
Index of Ancient Sources Discussed in the Text 191
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The author definitely knows his History. Builds a great beginning premise before diving into a purist form of writing. Exciting stuff. The best I've read yet on Sparta and it's wars. Loved it!