By Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books
Explores the heritage and tradition of historical Sparta, a society well known for army excellence and adherence to the values of braveness, self-discipline, accountability, and the overcoming of worry. Professor Shutt delves into Spartan tradition, interpreting its origins, govt, faith, and the main occasions that outlined its history.
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The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. New York: Overlook, 2003. R. C. New York: Minerva, 1968. de Souza, Philip. The Greek and Persian Wars 499–386 BC. Oxford: Osprey, 2003. Green, Peter. The Greco-Persian Wars. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. Robert Waterfield. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. ———. The Landmark Herodotus. Ed. Robert B. Strassler. Trans. Andrea L. Purvis. New York: Random House, 2007. ———.
LECTURE EIGHT The Spartans were in a military and political, if not in a cultural sense, the acknowledged leaders of Greece, and their assistance would be most valuable in seeking to throw off Persian dominance, and Aristagoras seemed to be making headway in his discussions with King Cleomenes. His pitch ran into two snags, however. He had brought to Sparta technical innovation—a map— and attempted to allure Cleomenes with the prospect of an easy conquest. Cleomenes asked for a day to think things over, and on the following day asked how long the journey was to the Persian capital.
And Leonidas, who would become the hero of Thermopylae, was equally clearly a man of a different stamp. Heirs-apparent were exempt from the agoge, but their younger brothers and half-brothers were not. Leonidas had accordingly undergone the full Spartan treatment. It evidently took. Mardonius having come to grief the last time around, royal family or no, Darius assigned his 490 punitive mission against Eritrea and Athens to other hands—Artaphrenes, another royal, and Datis, an experienced Median commander.
A history of ancient Sparta : valor, virtue, and devotion in the Greek golden age by Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books