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The Spartans were a society of warrior-heroes who were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, self-sacrifice, and extreme toughness. This book, written by one of the world s leading experts on Sparta, traces the rise and fall of Spartan society and explores the tremendous influence the Spartans had on their world and even on ours. Paul Cartledge brings to life figures like legendary founding father Lycurgus and King Leonidas, who embodied the heroism so closely identified with this unique culture, and he shows how Spartan women enjoyed an unusually dominant and powerful role in this hyper-masculine society. Based firmly on original sources, The Spartans is the definitive book about one of the most fascinating cultures of ancient Greece."
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Paul Cartledge, professor of Greek history at the University of Cambridge, is the author of Alexander the Great, The Spartans, and The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.

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"Cartledge displays a marvelous ability to make the readers care about the Laconic warriors . . . and the society that shaped them." --USA Today "Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve [and] style." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"The history and atmosphere of Sparta are well conveyed by Cartledge." --The New York Review of Books "A fine overview of the rise and fall of a singular culture, spiced with anecdotes, quotations, brisk summary, and real insight." --Seattle Times "The Spartans presented in this book could change the popular image of ancient history, making it more compelling and accessible." --The Times Literary Supplement Cartledge displays a marvelous ability to make the readers care about the Laconic warriors . . . and the society that shaped them. USA Today Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve [and] style. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel The history and atmosphere of Sparta are well conveyed by Cartledge. The New York Review of Books A fine overview of the rise and fall of a singular culture, spiced with anecdotes, quotations, brisk summary, and real insight. Seattle Times The Spartans presented in this book could change the popular image of ancient history, making it more compelling and accessible. The Times Literary Supplement" " Cartledge displays a marvelous ability to make the readers care about the Laconic warriors . . . and the society that shaped them." -- "USA Today "" Cartledge brings [the Spartans] to life again with verve [and] style." -- "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"" The history and atmosphere of Sparta are well conveyed by Cartledge." -- "The New York Review of Books "" A fine overview of the rise and fall of a singular culture, spiced with anecdotes, quotations, brisk summary, and real insight." -- "Seattle Times "" The Spartans presented in this book could change the popular image of ancient history, making it more compelling and accessible." -- "The" "Times Literary Supplement"

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