A Companion to Sparta
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
1. Edition December 2017
840 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Powell, Anton (Editor)
The two-volume A Companion to Sparta presents the first comprehensive, multi-authored series of essays to address all aspects of Spartan history and society from its origins in the Greek Dark Ages to the late Roman Empire.
* Offers a lucid, comprehensive introduction to all aspects of Sparta, a community recognised by contemporary cities as the greatest power in classical Greece
* Features in-depth coverage of Sparta history and culture contributed by an international cast including almost every noted specialist and scholar in the field
* Provides over a dozen images of Spartan art that reveal the evolution of everyday life in Sparta
* Sheds new light on a modern controversy relating to changes in Spartan society from the Archaic to Classical periods
Foreword by Paul Cartledge
Part 1: Reconstructing Sparta: general
1. Anton Powell `Sparta: Reconstructing History from Secrecy, Lies and Myth'
2. Stephen Hodkinson `An Exceptional Domination of State over Society?'
Part 2: Origins: From Pre-Classical to Classical Culture
3. William Cavanagh `An Archaeology of Ancient Sparta with reference to Laconia and Messenia
4. Massimo Nafissi `Lykourgos the Spartan "Lawgiver": Ancient Beliefs and Modern Scholarship'
5. Maria Pipili `Laconian Pottery'
6. Francis Prost `Laconian Art' (translated by James Roy)
7. Claude Calame `Pre-Classical Sparta as Song Culture'(trans. James Roy)
8. Hans van Wees `Luxury, Austerity and Equality in Sparta'
9. Hans van Wees `The Common Messes'
Part 3: Political and Military History: The Classical Period and Beyond
10. Marcello Lupi `Sparta and the Persian Wars, 499-478'
11. Anton Powell `Sparta's Foreign - and Internal - History, 478-403'
12. Françoise Ruzé 'The Empire of the Spartans, 403-371' (trans. A. Powell)
13. James Roy `Sparta and the Peloponnese from the Archaic Period to 363'
14. Daniel Stewart `From Leuktra to Nabis, 371-192'
15. Yves Lafond `Sparta in the Roman Period' (trans. A. Powell)
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Foreword by Paul Cartledge
Part 3: Culture, Society and Economy: The Classical Period and Beyond
16. Michael A. Flower `Spartan Religion'
17. Ellen Millender `Kingship: The History, Power and Prerogatives of the Spartans' "Divine" Dyarchy'
18. Philip Davies `Equality and Distinction within the Spartiate Community'
19. Ellen Millender `Spartan Women'
20. Nicolas Richer `Spartan Education in the Classical Period' (trans. A. Powell)
21. Paul Christesen `Sparta and Athletics'
22. Thomas Figueira `Helotage and the Spartan Economy'
23. Jean Ducat `The Perioikoi' (trans. A. Powell)
24. Jacqueline Christien `Roads and Quarries in Laconia' (trans. Christopher Annandale and A. Powell)
25. Nigel M. Kennell `Spartan Cultural Memory in the Roman Period'
Part 4: Reception of Sparta in Recent Centuries
26. Haydn Mason `The Literary Reception of Sparta in France'
27. Stefan Rebenich `Reception of Sparta in Germany and German-Speaking Europe'
28. Sean R. Jensen `Reception of Sparta in North America, 18th-21st Centuries'
29. Anton Powell `Sparta and the Imperial Schools of Britain: Comparisons'