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Hellenistic and Roman Sparta (States and Cities of Ancient Greece) Paperback – December 7, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415262774 ISBN-10: 0415262771 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: States and Cities of Ancient Greece
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (December 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415262771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415262774
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,179,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Clearly written and thoroughly documented, this work is an excellent introduction to a fascinating but neglected aspect of Greek history.' - Choice

'Spawforth's description of the city of Sparta is the base upon which all others must build.' - Ancient History Bulletin

About the Author

Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History and Chairman of the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Antony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and is also Curator of the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "thufirhawat" on March 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
First of all, amazon.ca has made a mistake in the title of this book, which should read:...A regional history 362BC-400AD.
This a great book that talks about a (mostly)unknown period of Sparta's history; Sparta after the disastrous battle of Leuctra. However, if you have no prior knowledge of the Archaic and classical Sparta,this book may seem a bit difficult. If this is the case, I would recommend that you read the excellent "Sparta and Lakonia: Getting on with Anthropology"(ASIN:0415262763), by Paul Cartledge, which is my opinion the definite book on Sparta.
The first part of this book, which is written by Paul Cartledge,the world expert on Sparta, talks about Sparta during the troubled Hellenistic period. Cartledge is very interesting as always. The second part, written by Anthony Spawforth, details Sparta as a roman province, but it lacks the writing and expertise of Paul Cartledge. Still, it is a must for anyone interested in Sparta (maybe a bit academic though).
It was about time that someone realized that Sparta did not disapeared after Leuctra! Two thumbs up!|
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book by Paul Cartledge (for the piece on Hellenistic Sparta) and Antony Spawforth (for the one on Roman Sparta) is the continuation of Paul CArtledge's excellent Sparta and Lakonia. A regional history 1300-362 (1979) and it is just as good.

The first merit of this book is to tell what happened after Sparta was beaten by Thebes and lost Messenia. That was not the end of the story, by far, although we generally learn little about it and know even less.

The second strong point is to show that Sparta did not take its loss of status lying down. Although it had lost its status as a great power, it struggled and fought to regain control of some of the territories it had lost and, through its isolationist stance, it opposed Macedon, the Acheans and Rome in what Cartledge terms its "defiant denial", resisting "Roman incorporation right up to the last possible moment." It maintained it traditional freedom and self-determination for a long time and with surprising success, well after Athens, for instance, had lost hers. It is as part of these truggles that CArtledge tells the stories of the resistance, reforms or revolutions that took place down to 146 BC, as the city fought to remain free.

The third main element of interest in this book is to show what happened to Sparta during Roman times. It became a provincial Greek town in the Roman Empire, with all the amenities that could be found in such a town. However, it became also one of the centers of what some have termed the Greek renaissance, acquiring a new international prominence during this cultural revival during the second and third century AD by capitalizing on its past and its "Lycurgan" traditions.
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