Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta

Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta : Mightiest Warriors, Fairest Kingdom

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This pivotal history of the kings of Sparta not only describes their critical leadership in war, but also documents the waxing and waning of their social, political, and religious powers in the Spartan state. * Numerous translations by the author of original sources * Chronology history from the Dorian Invasion (ca. 1000 BC) to the last king of Sparta (mid-2nd century BC) * Illustrations of the kings of Sparta, gods, and heroes, as well as diagrams of battles and family trees * Maps of Laconia, the Peloponnesus, and Greece * A bibliography containing ancient and modern sources for Sparta

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  • Hardback | 251 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • WestportUnited States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 031338598X
  • 9780313385988
  • 684,762

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"Writing entertaining yet scholarly works on ancient history requires expertise, eloquence, and a dash of elegance. With this latest book, renowned scholar of ancient Sparta Bradford (Oklahoma) demonstrates all three... It is a tale not to be missed." - Choice

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About Alfred S. Bradford

Alfred S. Bradford, PhD, is the John Saxon Chair of Ancient History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

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This is a useful book that fills a gap in the literature. It examines the roles, lives and place of kings in Sparta. The layout is unusual in that it uses a chronological narrative of particular kings, rather than using a thematic approach. It is not, therefore, strictly an academic book, even though the knowledge is solidly researched and explained. The writer gives his accounts of his travels through the region and tends to tell too many stories of how he meet this or that taxi-driver or local and asks them about their views of their ancient heritage and so forth. I found this a little distracting. So, not really a textbook for senior high school students or academics, but an easy read with a lot of useful information and anecdotes.show more
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