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

The Spartans The World of the Warrior heroes of Ancient Greece 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 lead

  • Title: The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-heroes of Ancient Greece
  • Author: Paul Anthony Cartledge
  • ISBN: 9781400078851
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 brinThe 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.

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    1. Once upon a time, long ago (view spoiler)[ actual last Saturday (hide spoiler)] and far away I had a fancy to read about the French revolution, popped into an Oxfam bookshop, looked about at what they had and came out with this for two pounds and forty-nine pence, having read it, I feel it will return there shortly.Wandering idly back (view spoiler)[ since I have never lived in a bookshop or a library (hide spoiler)] I wondered about left-handed Spartans, the ancient Greeks were known for their [...]

    2. This is a bad book. That doesn't change the fact that Cartledge is an eminent authority on Sparta and uniquely well-qualified from a research perspective to write this book. The demands of academic history, however, are not the same as those for a book produced for general consumption. This volume fails on at least three counts. First, tone. Were this a text for scholars, Cartledge would be well within his rights to write in the querulous, self-defensive tone he sometimes takes here. A general h [...]

    3. I just finished 281 pages that detail the birth and death of Sparta. My mind is reeling. The book was dense with historical information, centered on war, but surprisingly offering quite a lot of cultural insight through the inclusion of anecdotes and sayings attributed to various Spartans. Now, I have to admit the details of war, dates and names and battlefields and allies and enemies and political hoopla and the such not seem to sort of flow through me (especially dates). These form only the fo [...]

    4. Paul Cartledge describes this work as his first attempt to write a “properly general” history of Sparta. It would not be wholly inaccurate to describe his style as, on the one hand, too erudite to be considered truly popular, yet on the other hand, too informal to be truly academic. He lands, then, in the unfortunate territory of patronizing or condescending to the reader, sounding as though he’s aping an academic style when in fact the formal loquacity is likely more natural to him and hi [...]

    5. Such a disappointing book. Having recently read Tom Holland's excellent "Persian Fire" I was in the mood for some extra detail on a longer period of Spartan history but this book sadly wasn't able to provide it. Straight from the very long and rambling introduction I was a bit worried. I don't know what Paul Cartledge thinks an introduction is actually for but in my experience it's not to give a sort of précis of the entire book you're about to read, going through pretty much every major event, [...]

    6. This book provides a simple account of Sparta right from it coming to power in the Peloponnese from the 8th Century BCE onwards to its decline around the 1st Century CE.Paul Cartledge is one of the world's leading authorities on Sparta, and this is his first book on his special subject for the general reader. With references to 9/11, to famous movies and books based on ancient Sparta (although the most famous one of all, 300 wasn't yet released when this book was published), Cartledge has come o [...]

    7. Unlike Eric who tries to pass off books on tape as books he has read, I will provide total transparency. And unlike his godhead Obama, when I promise transparency, I will actually deliver it.This is a book on tape. I did not read it, I listened to it, so it doesn't really count. It was interesting. I now find myself trying to pronounce Greek names in the same distinctive way the narrator does. "Leotychidas."30 years after defeating mighty Athens in the Peloponnesian War (itself 30 years long), S [...]

    8. Hugely informative book that laid to rest a few long held misconceptions I had regarding Sparta, and provided me with a wealth of other information regarding the political, religious and social climate. Of particular interest to me was the rather progressive (in comparison to other cultures of the time) attitude towards the role of women in Spartan society.One minor quibble was the format - biographies of important figures in Spartan history are dropped into the middle of text on various events, [...]

    9. It was ok but I picked this book up thinking I'd learn more about internal life in Sparta, day to day kind of stuff. But this book mostly examines Sparta in external terms, in its interactions with Athens, Persia, etc.

    10. Mid 3. The writer undoubtedly possesses great knowledge of their subject, but could have profited from more judicious editing of the material. Cartledge details how Sparta played a key role in defending Greece from foreign conquest, thereby preserving forms of culture which lie at the root of Western civilisation. The period covered by this work, 480BC to 360BC witnessed an intense rivalry with Athens, and the eventual fall of Sparta due to it overreaching itself after defeating its main rival f [...]

    11. Not so much a review as a warning. I've tried to read this book twice in the time I've owned it, and wasn't able to finish it either time. The breaking point for me this time came when I reached chapter 2: Sparta In 500 BC, which starts on page 77, and I realized Cartledge doesn't actually start talking about Sparta in 500 BC until around halfway through page 80. The time up until then is spent talking about the organization of the Persian empire and discussing the history of Herodotus, the latt [...]

    12. The Author has done his research and has brought out a history through the mists of ancient times. He explains how from a small community of five villages in the Eurotas Valley, the Spartans expanded through tumultuous times to establish an empire and then sank back into history, leaving an ethos which military societies across the world strive to emulate. The Spartan had unique characteristics. The concept of dual kingship, at times more a hindrance; the hard life in the Agoge, (the community l [...]

    13. This is a decent book covering the overall history of the Greek city-state Sparta from its founding through the Roman conquering. Especially appreciated were the various highlighted biographies of important Spartan figures. The only thing a bit odd was the inclusion of a polemic diatribe against fox-hunting in the England, but this was situated in an Appendix and was, via reference to Spartan hunting, within the subject focus of the book.

    14. This packs an immense amount of Spartan history into a very short book. There is a tiny bit of repetition that could be mildly annoying to someone who was already reasonably au fait with the topic, but with my own sketchy knowledge of Spartan history it was actually a great help. What I wasn’t expecting was that the final chapter would focus on modern fox hunting but it does actually serve as a clever conclusion.

    15. Don't waste time with this reiteration of the classic authors: Plutarch, Herodotus, and Xenophon. Your time would be better spent reading them.

    16. This was a pretty good book that focused on the Spartans of ancient Greece and how they became a military power, and empire, and then eventually saw their power wane.The author starts the book around 800 BC, providing the background of the people and area for the reader to understand where the Spartans came from and what and why they believed the way they did. It also provides the real and mythological basis for their society. For instance, readers may be familiar with Helen of Troy if they have [...]

    17. This is a very poorly structured book. It is very much a shame that Cartledge's intuitive knowledge on Sparta is wasted on a book that is supposed to describe the history or culture in vain (after finishing the book I fail to see which he was trying to accomplish). The chronology of the history is frequently and for long durations interrupted by unnecessary biographies of historical figures described by a Herodotus one liner where Cartledge consequently debates himself on the semantics of said o [...]

    18. Everybody loves to talk about the Spartans, but what do we actually know about them? Cartledge aims to show precisely what we know, and he does so as probably THE world-renowned expert on ancient Sparta. This book covers military, political, and social history from the mythic origins of Sparta to the Roman period. There is also a short history of the reception of Sparta in later literature and a neat little appendix on Spartan hunting (which seems to be an interest of the author given the title [...]

    19. I was first introduced to the Spartans in Junior High during a Civilization class. I remember being fascinated by their military-based culture. Babies born were inspected, if a deformity was discovered or they seemed weak in any way they were tossed off a cliff. All male children at the age of 7 every male child was taken from their family to be raised with the other boys in barracks. Women would only be given a grave marker if they died giving birth to a male child. And so on…This book’s fo [...]

    20. On the basis of what I learned from this book I should have given this a 5 star rating. Despite my long term fascination with all things ancient Greek and especially Greek military history, most of what I knew about the Spartans was restricted to that semi-legendary period around the Persian Wars and particularly the Battle of Thermopylae. That's because most Greek history is read through the lens of the Athenian academy and the later Macedonians, neither of whom were on the best of terms with t [...]

    21. The Spartans by Paul Cartledge is a great source of knowledge and information pertaining to: The Spartans, their lifestyle, their history, and their demise. This book is complete with detailed diagrams of Spartan lineage, tools, and artwork. The Spartans also features full page maps and cites many ancient and historical works. Paul Cartledge takes the reader through a chronological journey where he takes you step by step through the life and struggles of the Spartan people. The only downside I f [...]

    22. A survey of their history, with the details of their life.It doesn't go into what archeology can show of their pre-history, but it starts with Lycurgus, who may, actually, be a god turned into a founder, rather than a man. And the legend of Helen of Troy, who was Helen of Sparta first, and how the legends of the beauty and looseness of Spartan women often pointed back to her.It has biographies of interesting Spartans along the way. Like Cynisca, the Spartan princess who won an Olympic olive wrea [...]

    23. I found this book while researching the Spartan Diet. I can't speak to the writing style or relevance of events and people discussed, but I enjoyed most of this book. It was written in a familiar tone, which I didn't appreciate beyond the intention. Ancient Spartan history is hard to read about now-a-days without fictionalizing or otherwise glorifying. That said, the most glorified event in Sparta's history is the Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae, aka, the Battle of 300. Nothing really matt [...]

    24. "This is SPARTA !!!"Well researched and well written book. Gives us a macro and micro look at the Spartans. Most of us have very limited and mostly Hollywoodized knowledge of them. That information is sometimes completely wrong but often incomplete, misleading and at times confusing. This book helped fill a lot of gaps in my understanding of Sparta ; The enigma.If you are looking for a full analysis of Battle of Thermopylae, you will be disappointed. It refers to that battle at various parts int [...]

    25. In this book (which seems to be some sort of companion piece to a TV series), which is aimed more toward the general reader than the academic, Cartledge sets out to cover the span of Spartan history, from the “time” of Helen through the time of Caesar Augustus. There are, indeed, a lot of dates and unfamiliar names in this brief survey, and, as if imitating a documentary’s style, Cartledge punctuates the narrative with brief biographies of Spartans who were central to their particular time [...]

    26. When you want to talk about the Spartans, there's probably no man in the world as knowledgeable as Paul Cartledge. As such, this was a great overview of the history of Sparta, jam-packed with information. The timeline at the front of the book is an excellent resource and will have me taking this book from the shelf again and again. There was an unevenness of tone created by what appeared to be Cartledge's attempt to write a book of interest to scholars and laymen alike. As such, it's not quite a [...]

    27. Cartledge is a thorough historian whose earlier work on Greek politics is both illuminating and relatively accessible to those already familiar with much of his subject. On one hand, this book is aimed at a more general audience and does not presuppose any prior background on Sparta or the Greek world from the 5-3rd centuries BCE. On the other hand, Cartledge's selective and detailed narrative risks losing the reader who is not already familiar with his main sources (e.g. Herodotus, Thucydides, [...]

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