Sparta was one of the most important Greek city-states throughout the Archaic and Classical periods and was famous for its military prowess. The professional and well-trained Spartan hoplites with their distinctive red cloaks, long hair, and lambda-emblazoned shields were probably the best and most feared fighters in Greece, fighting with distinction at such... [continue reading]
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submitted on 27 June 2014
Name: Sparta Continent: EUROPE Alt Name: Sparti Country: Greece Period: Ancient Greece Sub-Region: - Date: 500BC - 401BC City/Town: Sparta Figure: Leonidas Resorts: Sparta, Related: Mystras, The…
submitted on 17 June 2014
ΣPARTA (ISSN 1751-0007) Volume 9 no. 2 (2013) is published. For the articles’ abstracts of the current issue please visit the Current Issue’s section. The Battle of Marathon…
Silver tetradrachm from Sparta (Lacadaemon), reign of Cleomenes III, 227-222 BCE. O: Head of Cleomenes III. (R: Artemis).
published on 06 November 2013
A map indicating the location of Sparta and her territory in the Peloponnese.
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published on 17 May 2013
This is a 3d representation of how Spartan warriors in action might have looked. Armoured warriors equipped with shield and spear, known as Hoplites, were typical of ancient Greek warfare.
One of the most effective and enduring military formations in ancient warfare was that of the Greek Phalanx. The age of the Phalanx may be traced back to Sumeria in the 25th century BCE, through Egypt, and finally appearing in Greek literature through Homer in the 8th century BCE (and, since, has been generally associated with Greek warfare strategy, the... [continue reading]
Covering the conflict between Sparta and Athens and their respective allies in the 5th century BCE this is a fascinating insight into ancient Greek politics, war and society in a crucial period of Greece's history. Not only are the major political incidents and battles covered but there are a plethora of side stories, speeches, and details... [continue reading]
Hellenika covers 411-362BC, the final years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. This edition has everything: maps galore, illustrations, many illustrative photos of ancient sites (in b&w), footnotes, detailed appendixes of other related and relevant texts, bibliography, index, glossary, side summary notes for every paragraph, individual page... [continue reading]
Another excellent book from the Oxford Handbook series with sixty-eight chapters arranged by theme, each written by a leading scholar in that particular field. Topics covered include literature, theatre, politics, philosophy, warfare, trade, and society. Strong on the literary arts it is strangely brief on subjects which are usually the staple topics of general... [continue reading]
According to the legend, the Spartan law was written by the great lawmaker (Greek : νομοθέτης, nomothetis) Lycurgus. Plutarch mentions that Lycurgus (literally "wolf-worker") wrote the laws in order to make the city state of Sparta invincible, the Spartans fearless and law-abiding. It was a law-package... [continue reading]