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Spartan Reflections Hardcover – 15 August 2001

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (15 August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520231236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520231238
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 658 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.6 out of 5 stars6 customer ratings

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"Generous with ideas, accurately unsolemn, thoroughly footnoted, Cartledge casts keen light on Athens's surly Other."--"Times Literary Supplement "International Book of the Year"

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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

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T. Lemardelé
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait d'une cité de citoyens guerriers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good essay collection about Spartan life
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