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The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece

ISBN13: 9781400078851
ISBN: 1400078857
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $16.95
Publisher: Vintage
Published Date:
Pages: 320
Average Goodreads rating: 3.85/5 (1978 ratings)

The Spartans were a society of warrior-heroes who were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, self-sacrifice, and extreme toughness. This book, written by one of the world’s leading experts on Sparta, traces the rise and fall of Spartan society and explores the tremendous influence the Spartans had on their world and even on ours. Paul Cartledge brings to life figures like legendary founding father Lycurgus and King Leonidas, who embodied the heroism so closely identified with this unique culture, and he shows how Spartan women enjoyed an unusually dominant and powerful role in this hyper-masculine society. Based firmly on original sources, The Spartans is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating cultures of ancient Greece.