By Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books
Explores the historical past and tradition of historical Sparta, a society popular for army excellence and adherence to the values of braveness, self-discipline, accountability, and the overcoming of worry. Professor Shutt delves into Spartan tradition, interpreting its origins, executive, faith, and the most important occasions that outlined its history.
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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. 50 Lecture 10: Their Finest Hour: Artemisium and Thermopylae, 490–480 BCE (Part II) The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. The force led by Leonidas to Thermopylae was billed as an advance force or a holding force, but that is not, if surviving accounts are to be trusted, how the Spartans themselves thought of the matter.
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. Plutarch. On Sparta. Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. Xenophon. ” Plutarch. On Sparta. Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. 39 Lecture 8: The Ionian Revolt to Marathon, 490 BCE The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece.
Marathon is remembered as a “plain,” a favorable place for the Persians to land because their strongest military arm was their cavalry—more specifically, in fact, their mounted archers—and cavalry are at their most effective in flat, open country and far less effective in woodland or hills. But the term “plain” in a 42 Hellenic context means something rather different than in Kansas or the Ukraine. The “plain of Marathon” is a small, mountain-bounded place, and the Athenians, once they had arrived to contest the landing, had no intention of coming down from the hills to give the Persian cavalry free play.
A history of ancient Sparta : valor, virtue, and devotion in the Greek golden age by Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books