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The Gymnasium of Virtue: Education and Culture in Ancient Sparta (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) 2nd Revised edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807858745
ISBN-10: 0807858749
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Editorial Reviews

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Of great significance for collections in ancient history, history of education, and classics.

"Choice"

A book of major importance which should transform our understanding of the long-term development of Spartan society.

"Journal of Hellenic Studies"

An excellent book, a model not least for its close attention to the sources and insistence on justifiable historical methodology.

"New England Classical Journal"

Kennell has transformed our understanding of how Sparta's much-debated system of state training evolved through antiquity.

Antony J. S. Spawforth, University of Newcastle

Required reading for anyone interested in the study of Greek history and society and in the history of education.

"History of Education Quarterly"

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A book of major importance which should transform our understanding of the long-term development of Spartan society--Journal of Hellenic Studies



By his meticulous attention to the ancient sources and recognition of the power of invented tradition to reshape seemingly ancient institutions, Kennell has transformed our understanding of how Sparta's much-debated system of state training evolved through antiquity.--Antony J. S. Spawforth, University of Newcastle



An excellent book, a model not least for its close attention to the sources and insistence on justifiable historical methodology.--New England Classical Journal



Kennell superbly untangles an intractable group of problems in Spartan social life. He uses simple, effective literary and linguistic techniques and careful attention to the smallest details to achieve results of permanent significance. . . . Of great significance for collections in ancient history, history of education, and classics.--Choice



Required reading for anyone interested in the study of Greek history and society and in the history of education.--History of Education Quarterly

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in the History of Greece and Rome
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807858749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807858745
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book about the Spartan system of educating young men (The Agoge). It looks at the way the Agoge existed in the Roman period and then traces it back through the Hellenistic period to the Archaic period. It has great coverage of the various rituals such as the Endurance contest. Occasionally, it becomes weighted down with discussion of details such as the names given to Spartan age groups. This is however within the scope of the book. It was not written so much for a general reader, though it can be read by one, but rather for someone with some knowledge of Spartan history. Overall, it is well researched and documented. Kennell reaches interesting conclusions about the Agoge's ties to society and religion.
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I sought this book to better understand the agoge and see what real life lessons and values I can take from it to apply to the modern day and raising my sons and future generations to be a man's man. Not only will raise my children to be gentlemen (and ladies) but I can take fom history a tried and practice method of producing the finest soldiers the world has known.

As much as I wish the author needn't discuss details of nomenclature for age groups, I understand and accept the neccessity for providing supporting evidence/facts in a textbook on subjects of ancient past so readily debated.
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Some intriguing research. Very difficult to read and stay with the author. Needed a final breakdown on what was considered the right terms to use in the archaic and classical periods.
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