The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse

By Paul Cartledge
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8.60 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The Spartans of ancient Greece were a powerful and unique people, radically different from any civilization before or since. A society of warrior-heroes, they were living exemplars of self-sacrifice, community endeavor, and achievement against all odds, qualities that today signify the ultimate in heroism. Scholars even believe that Thomas More had Sparta specifically in mind when he coined the term “Utopia.” Paul Cartledge, widely considered the world’s leading expert on Sparta, engagingly examines the rise and fall of this singular society. In a narrative that resounds with the battle cries of the ancient Greeks, he takes a compelling look at the many illustrious Spartan figures from the worlds of history and legend, including Lycurgus, Lysander, King Leonidas, and Helen of Troy and Sparta. 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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The Spartans of ancient Greece were a powerful and unique people, radically different from any civilization before or since. A society of warrior-heroes, they were living exemplars of self-sacrifice, community endeavor, and achievement against all odds, qualities that today signify the ultimate in heroism. Scholars even believe that Thomas More had Sparta specifically in mind when he coined the term “Utopia.”

Paul Cartledge, widely considered the world’s leading expert on Sparta, engagingly examines the rise and fall of this singular society. In a narrative that resounds with the battle cries of the ancient Greeks, he takes a compelling look at the many illustrious Spartan figures from the worlds of history and legend, including Lycurgus, Lysander, King Leonidas, and Helen of Troy and Sparta.

Based firmly on original sources, The Spartans is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating cultures of ancient Greece.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cartledge displays a marvelous ability to make the readers care about the Laconic warriors…and the society that shaped them.” USA Today
“A fascinating book…Cartledge offers the general reader the fruits of his own rich scholarship in an accessible form.” BBC History
“The Spartans presented in this book could change the popular image of ancient history, making it more compelling and accessible.” Times Literary Supplement
“A fine overview of the rise and fall of a singular culture, spiced with anecdotes, quotations, brisk summary, and real insight.” Seattle Times
“Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve [and] style.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“Cartledge brings the Spartans to life, making us share their aspirations and showing them such as they were…There is much in this fascinating book about art, religion, lifestyle, and politics, written in a style that eschews all jargon, ambiguity, and academic obfuscation.” Greek Embassy Newsletter
“Remarkable…Cartledge’s crystalline prose, his vivacious storytelling and his lucid historical insights combine here to provide a first-rate history of the Spartans, their significance to ancient Greece and their influence on our culture.” Publishers Weekly
“Lee can create nuances in delivery, allowing listeners to distinguish among bits of information that are actually comparatively dull (such as population statistics or facts of coinage). In that the audio version may be superior to the print version” AudioFile
“Engaging…Cartledge cloaks his erudition with an ease and enthusiasm that will excite readers from page one.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Paul Cartledge

Paul Cartledge has taught Greek history at Cambridge University since 1979 and is also a Fellow at Clare College. Widely acknowledged to be the world’s leading expert on the subject of Sparta and ancient Greece, he is the first A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture (2008) which focuses on the study of more than 1,000 years of Greek cultural achievements and highlights the lasting influence they continue to have on society today. In addition to having written and edited scores of articles and books, including The Spartans: An Epic History; and Thermopylae: The Battle that Changed the World, he is also academic consultant to the BBC and PBS for the series The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English