Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part VI: Spartan Battle

This week, the part you have all been waiting for - we're going to look at how the Spartans fought. This is part six of our series (previous parts I, II, III, IV, V) looking at Sparta and its place in cultural memory. As we discussed briefly before, there are two core myths in the … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part VI: Spartan Battle

Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta, Part V: Spartan Government

This week, we're going to look at how the Spartan state governs itself. We're going to lay out a broad picture of how the parts of the Spartan government function, but we are remaining focused on one main question, the one we raised last time: We know that the demographic decline in the number of … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta, Part V: Spartan Government

Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part IV: Spartan Wealth

This week, we're looking more at what life was actually like in Sparta, this time focusing on wealth and property. Last time (here), we looked at the question of daily life for women in Sparta and concluded that the oppression faced by the vast majority of women in Sparta - the female helots - far … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part IV: Spartan Wealth

Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part II: Spartan Equality

This is Part II of our five part (now six part) look at Sparta (Part I is here). Last week we took a look at our sources for Sparta and then examined the Spartan child-training system, the agoge. We found that our sources look nothing like the grizzled veterans who narrate films like 300, being … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part II: Spartan Equality

Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part I: Spartan School

This is Part I of a (planned) five part series (now expanded into a six part series) comparing the popular legacy of Sparta (embodied in films like 300) with the historical ancient state. Today, we're going to start by looking at the sources of our information on Sparta, and then begin at the beginning: the … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part I: Spartan School