Description - Sparta by Michael Whitby
This volume introduces the important aspects of the society of Sparta, the dominant power in Southern Greece from the 7th century BC and the great rival of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries. During this period Sparta evolved a unique social and political system that combined egalitarian structures, military ideals and brutal oppression, and permitted male citizens to focus on the practice of war. The system continues to fascinate scholars: its outlines are clear, but because of the nature of the evidence almost all detailed aspects of Spartan social practices and constitutional affairs are open to debate. This text explores Sparta's problematic early history, its social and economic organization, Spartan international relations and military achievements, its culture, the role of Spartan women, and Spartan sexual conduct and values.
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Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Michael Whitby
Michael Whitby studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After several years at St Andrews, where he became Professor of Ancient History, he was appointed Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University in 1995. He is co-editor of Classical Review, Cambridge Ancient History XIV, and the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ancient Warfare. His publications include Theophylact Simocatta (OUP); The Emperor Maurice and his Historian (OUP); and Evagrius Scholasticus (LUP).