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The Spartan Tradition in European Thought

The Spartan Tradition in European Thought

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By (author) Elizabeth Rawson

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 24mm | 542g
  • Publication date: 18 July 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198147333
  • ISBN 13: 9780198147336
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 6 plates

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Ancient polemics on Sparta (by Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, and others) have had a remarkable afterlife in the political and educational thought of Renaissance Italy, the France of the Philosophes, Whig England, and Nazi Germany. This book outlines the little we know of ancient Sparta, describes Greek reaction to the ambiguous institutions of the great rival to democratic Athens, makes a first attempt to follow the subsequent fortunes of the debate, and indicates Sparta's role over twenty-five centuries in the intellectual history of Europe.

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Overwhelming in terms of breadth of scholarship and clarity of exposition ... a fitting complement to that tradition of excellence which ancient Sparta demanded of her citizen-soldiers. Journal of Modern History