The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Spartans A compelling narrative exploring the culture and civilization of the most famous "warrior people": the Spartans of ancient Greece, told by the world's leading expert. The narrative also details the lives of such illustrious and mythmaking figures as Lycurgus, King Leonidas, Helen of Troy (and Sparta), and Lysander. Illustrations. Maps.
- Published: 31 August 2004
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781400078851 ISBN 10: 1400078857
- Sales rank: 133,825
Full description for The Spartans
The Spartans were a society of warrior-heroes who were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, self-sacrifice, and extreme toughness. This book, written by one of the worlds leading experts on Sparta, traces the rise and fall of Spartan society and explores the tremendous influence the Spartans had on their world and even on ours. Paul Cartledge brings to life figures like legendary founding father Lycurgus and King Leonidas, who embodied the heroism so closely identified with this unique culture, and he shows how Spartan women enjoyed an unusually dominant and powerful role in this hyper-masculine society. Based firmly on original sources, The Spartans is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating cultures of ancient Greece.