Hellenistic and Roman Sparta

Hellenistic and Roman Sparta : A Regional History 1300-362 BC

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In this new edition, Paul Cartledge and Antony Spawforth have taken account of recent finds and scholarship to revise and update their authoritative overview of later Spartan history, and of the social, political, economic and cultural changes in the Spartan community. This original and compelling account is especially significant in challenging the conventional misperception of Spartan 'decline' after the loss of her status as a great power on the battlefield in 371 BC. The book's focus on a frequently overlooked period makes it important not only for those interested specifically in Sparta, but also for all those concerned with Hellenistic Greece, and with the life of Greece and other Greek-speaking provinces under non-Roman rule.show more

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 161.5 x 247.4 x 32mm | 684.94g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 19 line drawings
  • 0415263565
  • 9780415263566

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'The most useful history of Sparta to the end of the classical period.' - JACT Review'An important book on Sparta - the best so far, in many ways ... There are really two books here, one an exceptionally densely documented archaeological book the other a vigorous social and political history of classical Sparta.' - Simon Hornblower, Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

Part I. Introduction Preface 1. Boundaries 2. The Physical Setting 3. Climate 4. The Stone and Bronze Ages to c. 1300 Part II. Pre-classical Lakonia c. 1300-500BC 5. Greek Oral Tradition as History 6. The Last Mycenaeans c.1300-1050 7. The First Dorians c. 1050-775 8. The Lakonian Renascence c. 775-650 9. The Consolidation of Lakonia c. 650-490 10. Helots and Perioikoi Part III Classical Lakonia c. 500-362BC 11. The Crisis of Lakonia 490-460 12. The Athenian Wars c.460-404 13. The Reduction of Lakonia 404-362 Part IV Results and Prospects 14. The Decline of Spartiate Manpower 15. Epilogue Appendix 1. Gazetteer of sites in Lakonia and Messenia Appendix 2. The Homeric Poems as History Appendix 3. The Spartan King-lists Appendix 4. The Helots: Some Ancient Sources in Translation Appendix 5. The Sanctuary of (Artemis) Orthiashow more