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Explores the historical past and tradition of historic 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, studying its origins, govt, faith, and the main occasions that outlined its history.

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Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. 34 Lecture 7: The Early Days: Before the Persian Wars The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300 to 362 BC. In our second lecture we took a look at the very earliest days of Laconia and Sparta—at prehistoric times, the Mycenaeans, the Greek dark ages, the arrival of the Dorians and the “Heraclids,” the consolidation of Sparta itself, and the incorporation of the nearby village of Amyclae.

Trans. Ernest Barker. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. Cartledge, Paul. The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece. New York: Overlook, 2003. Plutarch. Plutarch: Moralia. 15 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1936–1969. LECTURE SIX ———. On Sparta. Rev. ed. Trans. A. Talbert. New York: Penguin, 2005. 34 Lecture 7: The Early Days: Before the Persian Wars The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300 to 362 BC.

2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. 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.

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