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The Spartans by Paul Anthony Cartledge
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Aug 11, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: greece-and-rome-history
Read from July 04 to August 28, 2011

When you want to talk about the Spartans, there's probably no man in the world as knowledgeable as Paul Cartledge. As such, this was a great overview of the history of Sparta, jam-packed with information. The timeline at the front of the book is an excellent resource and will have me taking this book from the shelf again and again. There was an unevenness of tone created by what appeared to be Cartledge's attempt to write a book of interest to scholars and laymen alike. As such, it's not quite as engaging as his "Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities" which was written for a popular audience, and on the other hand there were times when I wanted to see scholarly footnotes on every page instead of those annoying endnotes that I have to keep flipping back and forth for. Also the Appendix on the debate over foxhunting is pretty humorous for me, an American, to find at the end of a history book. I'm sure it was very relevant to its intended British readers.

Overall, I feel like I have a much better grasp of Spartan culture and history now and expect this book to help me when I teach Thucydides this year.

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