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    DescriptionThe Spartan legend has inspired and captivated subsequent generations with evidence of its legacy found in both the Roman and British Empires. The Spartans are our ancestors, every bit as much as the Athenians. But while Athens promoted democracy, individualism, culture and society, their great rivals Sparta embodied militarism, totalitarianism, segregation and brutal repression. As ruthless as they were self-sacrificing, their devastatingly successful war rituals made the Spartans the ultimate fighting force, epitomized by Thermopylae. While slave masters to the Helots for over three centuries, Spartan women, such as Helen of Troy, were free to indulge in education, dance and sport. Interspersed with the personal biographies of leading figures, and based on 30 years' research, The Spartans tracks the people from 480 to 360 BC charting Sparta's progression from the Great Power of the Aegean Greek world to its ultimate demise. 'Cartledge's crystalline prose, his vivacious storytelling and his lucid historical insights combine here to provide a first-rate history of the Spartans, their significance to ancient Greece and their influence on our culture' Publishing News


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    Title
    The Spartans
    Subtitle
    An Epic History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 194 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781447237204
    ISBN 10: 144723720X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC23: 938.9
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    29 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is widely acknowledged to be the world's leading expert on the subject of Sparta and the Spartans. He is Professor of Greek History at Cambridge University. He has written and edited many works, including Spartan Reflections and acted as academic consultant on the Channel 4 television series The Spartans.