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Are They Singing in Sparta?

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Messenia is in revolt, and the Messenians have been out-witting Sparta's crack troops. On the advice of Delphi, Sparta requests that Athens appoint a new Supreme Commander for Sparta's army. Athens intentionally selects an obscure schoolmaster unlikely to help Sparta win the war, Tyrtaios. Tyrtaios was born lame, has no military experience, and everything he has ever heard...more
Published March 1st 2006 by iUniverse
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Helena Schrader
Apr 04, 2014 Helena Schrader rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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This novel is set during the Messenian War when democracy was still a radical, new and controversial experiment. It is based on an event recorded by ancient historians as fact, although to our modern eyes it seems more like legend: the appointment of an Athenian poet to be Sparta's supreme military commander in time of war.

Tyrtaios is without doubt a historical figure. Three full elegies and various fragments of Tyrtaios' verse (although sadly none of his music) have survived. Plato is the key...more
I always enjoy and look forward to going back to Sparta with Helena Schrader! I actually started out reading her trilogy on Leonidas which I could not put down. "Are They Singing in Sparta?" was just as brilliant! I am now looking forward to learning more in "Spartan Queen,Spartan Slave".
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