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    DescriptionThe complex and distinctive Spartan tradition has been a prominent theme in western thinking from antiquity to today. Sparta is also one of a handful of ancient Greek cities with enough existing evidence for historians to create a realistic social portrait. Over the past quarter-century Paul Cartledge has established himself as the leading international authority on ancient Sparta. "Spartan Reflections" is a superb collection of his essays - two are published here for the first time, and the rest, often difficult to locate, have been revised and updated for publication in book form. Giving us a real sense of what Sparta was like as a culture, these essays constitute a fascinating introduction to and overview of ancient Spartan history and its reception. This collection, unique in breadth and scope, will be an essential source for anyone interested in this idiosyncratic society. Cartledge brings us up-to-date on what is known about the most important and intriguing aspects of Sparta: its military development, questions of gender and sexuality, and the difficult problem of artistic and literary aspects of Sparta. We learn about the institutions that distinguished Sparta from other city-states, including its religion, education process, degree of literacy, secret service, unusual system of servitude, and institutionalized pederasty. Throughout, Cartledge also makes important comparisons with Athens, helping us grasp what is really striking about Sparta.Cartledge's writing is clear and engaging as he draws from myriad sources both ancient and modern, as well as from political and cultural theory. These essays, together with their magisterial bibliography, demonstrate his remarkable scholarly and intellectual range. "Spartan Reflections" will be an important source on the most significant issues in Sparta scholarship today as well as a fascinating look at this culture for general readers. This is a selection of the History Book Club.


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    Title
    Spartan Reflections
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520231245
    ISBN 10: 0520231244
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 938.9
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC21: 938.9
    DC22: 938/.9
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: 2001033205, DF261.S8 C375 2003
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    14 b/w illustrations
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    17 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History, University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300--362 B. C.(1979), Agesilaos and the Crisis of Sparta(1987), The Spartans: An Epic History(November 15, 2002), and (with A. Spawforth) Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities (1989).
    Review quote
    "Generous with ideas, accurately unsolemn, thoroughly footnoted, Cartledge casts keen light on Athens's surly Other."--"Times Literary Supplement "International Book of the Year"
    Back cover copy
    "This is a book that scholars will read with pleasure, and a book from which advanced undergraduates and graduates will gain a sense of what Sparta was like as a culture, and (just as important) the nature and state of play of contemporary Spartan studies. And it will be accessible for the well informed lay reader as well."--Josiah Ober, author of "Political Dissent in Democratic Athens"Paul Cartledge's aim, in this powerful collection of essays, is to shed light in dark places, to demythicize... Cartledge is shrewd, realistic, and far from starry-eyed. Over a quarter-century's exhaustive research, now updated, has gone into these densely documented and tightly argued essays. These Spartans, in the last resort, are exploitative slave-drivers, obsessed with keeping their serfs down (by annually killing off any resisters, among other things)... Modern idealizers of cold baths, black broth, mindless discipline and long route marches should read this book and, hopefully, have second thoughts."--Peter Green, author of "Alexander to Actium