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By Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books

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Explores the background and tradition of old Sparta, a society well known for army excellence and adherence to the values of braveness, self-discipline, responsibility, and the overcoming of worry. Professor Shutt delves into Spartan tradition, analyzing its origins, govt, faith, and the foremost occasions that outlined its history.

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They began to form alliances, a procedure that would, in the long run, immensely enhance their power and prestige. By 550 or so Sparta had allied with Tegea, by about 525 with the fellow Dorians at Corinth—who would prove perhaps the most durable and valuable of Sparta’s allies—and a bit after that with Elis. By just before 500, the Peloponnesian League, or the “Lacedaemonians and their allies,” had crystallized as a political force that gave to Sparta unprecedented influence in the Hellenic world and beyond.

And judging from surviving inscriptions, that is more or less what the Greeks themselves thought at the time. The problem, by the way, is not that Herodotus lacks persuasive detail. He goes on for pages describing the various contingents of Xerxes’s army. The problem is that by contemporary estimates, Herodotus’s figures represent a logistical impossibility. Some modern authorities, barely able to contain their distaste at what they take to be Herodotus’s extravagance, would reduce the figure twenty-fold or more, to about one hundred twenty thousand effectives.

Robert Waterfield. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. ———. The Landmark Herodotus. Ed. Robert B. Strassler. Trans. Andrea L. Purvis. New York: Random House, 2007. ———. Herodotus: The Persian Wars. 4 vols. Trans. D. Godley. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1922–1925. Holland, Tom. Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West. London: Little, Brown, 2005. T. History of the Persian Empire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948. 45 Lecture 9: Their Finest Hour: Artemisium and Thermopylae, 490–480 BCE (Part I) The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece.

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