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A political & military history of the powerful Greek City-state founded in the 8th-century B.C.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published June 15th 1994 by Barnes & Noble Inc (first published June 1994)
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This book is not worth your time unless you'd rather read a condensed retelling of the ancient sources instead of reading them yourself. At one point, considered one of the world's greatest living historians, Jones decided to take Thucydides, Xenophon, and a few other historians and reword them to write a book that was intended as a series of lectures.

There is no unique insight from Jones and in the few places where he isn't transcribing what others have written, he's making assertions that hav...more
lamarcus brown
Apr 20, 2007 lamarcus brown rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Inerested in Greek history
Sparta is a fascinating culture, so completely unique through out history with its governing system, and its social system. So many things I feel they did right. And a few things they did wrong. This book is a bit outdated now and it was dry, but it gives you a no-nonsense look into their history.
Mike Anderson
Interesting approach to the history of Sparta. Divides chapter by branches of government, segments of society and important wars.
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Arnold Hugh Martin Jones (9 March 1904 – 9 April 1970) — known as A.H.M. Jones — was a prominent 20th century British historian of classical antiquity, particularly of the later Roman Empire.

Jones's best-known work, The Later Roman Empire, 284–602 (1964), is considered the definitive narrative history of late Rome and early Byzantium, beginning with the reign of the Roman tetrarch Diocletian and e...more
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