A history of ancient Sparta : valor, virtue, and devotion in by Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books

By Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books

Explores the heritage and tradition of historic Sparta, a society popular for army excellence and adherence to the values of braveness, self-discipline, responsibility, and the overcoming of worry. Professor Shutt delves into Spartan tradition, reading its origins, executive, faith, and the key occasions that outlined its history.

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4 vols. Trans. D. Godley. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1922–1925. Holland, Tom. Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West. London: Little, Brown, 2005. T. History of the Persian Empire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948. 50 Lecture 10: Their Finest Hour: Artemisium and Thermopylae, 490–480 BCE (Part II) The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. The force led by Leonidas to Thermopylae was billed as an advance force or a holding force, but that is not, if surviving accounts are to be trusted, how the Spartans themselves thought of the matter.

It has been suggested that in such cultures the regular absence of men on raids and in campaign forced women to take control at home, and it may be so. Spartan marriage customs were peculiar as well. Relations in fact seem to have been consensual for the most part, or as consensual as they were anywhere else, but in what appears to be a vestige of earlier customs, Spartan women were subjected to at least a sham marriage by capture, the details already worked out beforehand. And after marriage, or a first marriage, a wife ordinarily stayed in her new home while her husband continued, often for some years, to live in the barracks, sneaking in for marital relations by stealth at night, until at last, at about the age of thirty, he could join his wife at home full-time.

Herodotus: The Persian Wars. 4 vols. Trans. D. Godley. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1922–1925. Plutarch. On Sparta. Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. Xenophon. ” Plutarch. On Sparta. Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. 39 Lecture 8: The Ionian Revolt to Marathon, 490 BCE The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. In 499 Aristagoras of Miletus, south of the island of Samos on the Ionian coast of what is now Turkey, came to Sparta looking for allies against Persian rule.

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