Property and Wealth in Classical Sparta

Property and Wealth in Classical Sparta


By (author) Stephen Hodgkinson


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  • Publisher: Classical Press of Wales
  • Format: Paperback | 498 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 33mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Swansea
  • ISBN 10: 1905125305
  • ISBN 13: 9781905125302
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 687,799

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The standard image of Sparta is of an egalitarian, military society which disdained material possessions. Yet property and wealth played a critical role in her history. Classical Sparta's success rested upon a compromise between rich and poor citizens. Economic differences were masked by a uniform lifestyle and a communal sharing of resources. Over time, however, increasing inequalities led to a plutocratic society and to the decline of Spartan power. Using an innovative combination of historical, archaeological and sociological methods, Stephen Hodkinson challenges traditional views of Sparta's isolation from general Greek culture. This volume is the first major monograph-length discussion of a subject on which the author is recognised as the leading international authority.

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Stephen Hodkinson is the author of innovative studies of ancient Greek society, and especially of classical Sparta, on which he is now one of the world's most respected commentators. He was joint editor of The Shadow of Sparta (1994), Sparta: New Perspectives (1999), Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Organisation and community in Ancient Greece (2000), and The Sea in Antiquity (2000). Stephen Hodkinson is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham.