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Are They Singing in Sparta?

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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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Jun 07, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
What originally attracted me to this novel was the title: Spartans + Singing--an interesting juxtaposition! The novel turned out to be a delightful look at ancient Sparta by the author, through the stories of two fictional Spartan families and of the poet Tyrtaios, who really lived. According to Pausanius, Tyrtaios was a lame middle-aged schoolmaster from Athens and Schrader uses that conception for her Tyrtaios. Schrader's Sparta was not so dour a society as the usual conception, but brutal eno ...more
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Apr 04, 2014 Helena Schrader rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
May 11, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
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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Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan. Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine. There, her father’s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in ...more
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