Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta: Mightiest Warriors, Fairest Kingdom: Mightiest Warriors, Fairest Kingdom

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ABC-CLIO, 17 ott 2011 - 251 pagine
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The Spartans have seemingly never gone out of interest, serving as mythic icons who exemplify fearlessness and an unwillingness to give in against impossible odds. Yet most are unaware of the true nature of the Spartan leaders—the fact that the kings maintained their position of power for 600 years by their willingness to compromise, even if it meant giving up some of their power, for example.

Organized in a logical and chronological order, Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta: Mightiest Warriors, Fairest Kingdom describes the legendary origins of the dual kingship in Sparta, documents the many reigning eras of the kings, and then concludes with the time when the kingship was abolished six centuries later. The book examines the kings' roles in war and battle, in religion, in the social life of the city, and in formulating Spartan policy both at home and abroad. No other book on Sparta has concentrated on describing the role of the kings—and their absolutely essential contributions to Spartan society in general.

 

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Indice

Part I The Dorian Wars
1
Part II The Messenian Wars
21
Part III The Arcadian and Argive Wars
51
Part IV The Persian Wars
81
Part V The Athenian Wars
107
Part VI The Theban Wars
151
Part VII The Macedonian Wars
179
Part VIII The Roman War
213
Conclusion
225
Notes
227
Bibliography
241
Index
245
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Alfred S. Bradford, PhD, is the John Saxon Chair of Ancient History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

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