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Essays & Analysis (27)

4,185 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Rawson describes the political and social system of classical Sparta after surveying modern impressions of the ancient Greek city-state. Ancient Sparta: a militaristic and tota... Read more
1,406 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following excerpt, Hamilton summarizes the significance of factional political rivalry in Sparta during the pre-Corinthian War period of the early fourth century b.c. The period from 405 to 386... Read more
9,833 words, approx. 33 pages
In the following essay, Piper details the period of Spartan military and political decline from 371 to 260 b.c. In 371 b.c., the Greek world heard with disbelief that a small Theban force had defeated... Read more
7,351 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Cartledge recounts the historical events associated with the pinnacle of Spartan imperialism between the defeat of Athens (404) and the outbreak of the Corinthian War (395). Th... Read more
2,389 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Hamilton comments on the last portion of Agesilaos's reign in the 360s and the final collapse of the Spartan empire. Sparta's position after the Battle of Mantine... Read more
8,854 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following excerpt from his monograph originally published in 1979, Cartledge studies the class system of ancient Sparta and its relationship to labor, agriculture, and land, concentrating on th... Read more
10,003 words, approx. 34 pages
In the following excerpt from his monograph originally published in 1988, Powell probes the daily aspects of classical Spartan culture, including its secrecy, communality, and austerity. Spartan Secre... Read more
5,599 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following excerpt, Cartledge and Spawforth affirm the archaism of Roman Sparta in its memorial observance of social traditions from the classical period. [The] profound political, social, and e... Read more
10,585 words, approx. 36 pages
In the following essay, Cartledge gathers the available evidence regarding the relative illiteracy of Sparta. I Somewhere in the first half of the eighth century bc the ‘graphic counterpart of ... Read more
7,886 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following excerpt, Whitby encapsulates the geographical and historical contexts of ancient Sparta and surveys the primary sources of ancient and contemporary scholarship on the subject. Backgro... Read more
4,851 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Hooker examines the extant writings of the two outstanding Spartan poets of the seventh century, Tyrtaeus and Alcman. For the development of the visual arts at Sparta we now ha... Read more
5,405 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following excerpt, Fitzhardinge concentrates on the poetic subjects and styles of Tyrtaeus and Alcman. Fairly extensive fragments have survived of the works of two seventh-century poets, Tyrtae... Read more
9,845 words, approx. 33 pages
In the following essay, Tigerstedt considers why so much of Spartan history and culture is cloaked in myth and legend. The growth of a historical legend such as that of Sparta presupposes a nucleus ar... Read more
4,871 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Hooker focuses on the contributions of such antique writers as Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch to the legend of classical, Lycurgan Sparta. … [The] idea or legend of &#x... Read more
5,507 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following excerpt, David endeavors to reconcile the inherent contradiction of Aristotle's combined critique and idealization of Sparta in his Politics. 1. Why ‘aristotle and Spart... Read more
3,191 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following excerpt from the preface to his study of Xenophon's Hellenica, Proietti explores the ancient writer's perceptions of Sparta. We have reason today to read Xenophon'... Read more
2,637 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Forrest chronicles the period of early expansion in Spartan power over the Peloponnesian region of Laconia from the tenth to eight centuries b.c. The Sparta which was founded i... Read more
480 words, approx. 2 pages
Athens and Sparta were two of the main Greek city-states in 6th century B.C. Athens was a very intellectual and cultural city while, in contrast, Sparta was rigidly disciplined and militaristic. Athen... Read more
1,009 words, approx. 4 pages
Two of the most powerful and rivalry city-states in Ancient Greece were Athens and Sparta. Athens was a city of immense culture and contributed largely to the arts, whilst Sparta was a military po... Read more
916 words, approx. 4 pages
The four main parts of the Spartan political system that ruled over the population were the Dual Kingship, Ephors, Gerousia and the council of the Apella. The population was divided into three separat... Read more
647 words, approx. 3 pages
Athens, Sparta and the US have a lot in common and a lot of differences. The differences including the rights of women and their Education policies in Athens and Sparta made me decide to pick the US a... Read more
1,428 words, approx. 5 pages
The Spartan government was an odd affair, although its main characteristic is its potential to create and maintain stability and equality of good order (eunomia). Unlike Athens and other parts of Gree... Read more
388 words, approx. 2 pages
If I had to choose which one was better, Athens or Sparta, I would say Athens. I would pick Athens because the Athenian boys and girls were treated better than in Sparta and they also got education, t... Read more
1,778 words, approx. 6 pages
I would like to tell you a bit about the general topic of children and why considering this case. You might want to choose Athens over Sparta. There is no doubt that the children of Athens were more s... Read more
534 words, approx. 2 pages
The statement above, accurately describes the government of Sparta. The Kings, in Sparta, were regarded important, but their authority was somewhat restricted. The common folk class, consisting of the... Read more
703 words, approx. 3 pages
Topic: How did the Spartan society differ from the Athenian society? Contrast their values (culture), their government (political) and lifestyle. Spartans and Athenians differ greatly in their valu... Read more
813 words, approx. 3 pages
Sparta and Athens: Two Worlds Apart Sparta and Athens; two great and illustrious Greek nations that were very deviant, but yet so similar. Some of the differences they had were the upbringing of chi... Read more