[[ PDF / Epub ]] ✅ On Sparta Author Plutarch – Thomashillier.co.uk

On Sparta Plutarch S Vivid And Engaging Portraits Of The Spartans And Their Customs Are A Major Source Of Our Knowledge About The Rise And Fall Of This Remarkable Greek City State Between The Sixth And Third Centuries BC Through His Lives Of Sparta S Leaders And His Recording Of Memorable Spartan Sayings He Depicts A People Who Lived Frugally And Mastered Their Emotions In All Aspects Of Life, Who Also Disposed Of Unhealthy Babies In A Deep Chasm, Introduced A Gruelling Regime Of Military Training For Boys, And Treated Their Serfs Brutally Rich In Anecdote And Detail, Plutarch S Writing Brings To Life The Personalities And Achievements Of Sparta With Unparalleled Flair And Humanity.Lives Lycurgus, Agesilaus, Agis, Cleomenes Sayings Sayings Of Spartans, Sayings Of Spartan Women Appendix Xenephon Spartan Society


10 thoughts on “On Sparta

  1. says:

    This book was freaking amazing You not only get the lives of Lycurgus, Agis, and Cleomenes some of the most amazing Spartans of all times of course you get some Leonidas as well All of which covers some fairly epic moments in history, but it also includes a collection of Xenophons writings on Spartan society You get a pretty good picture painted here of what life was like in Sparta Man it was tough No portion better embodies the lives and minds of the spartan than his sections on Sayin This book was freaking amazing You not only get the lives of Lycurgus, Agis, and Cleomenes some of the most amazing Spartans of all times of course you get some Leonidas as well All of which covers some fairly epic moments in history, but it also includes a collection of Xenophons writings on Spartan society You get a pretty good picture painted here of what life w...


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    Sparta poses a number of problems for dreamers of economic equality Firstly, the rejection of luxury and avarice invariably results in a focus on military pursuits Secondly, the apparent equality belies a vast slave network common in antiquity, but the unique brutality of the Spartan kind can only bring to mind the Gulag Lastly, intellectual sterility sets in Sparta,...


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    Funny and action packed Well, yes I wouldn t have guessed it before picking it up, but Plutarch is a page turner In this updated collection of Ian Scott Kilvert s original translation of Spartan Lives for Penguin, Richard Talbert adds the Life of Agesilaus as well as revisions to the original translation The result is a highly readable, not like the free translations you can find online that are often archaic and difficult to follow At least for this modern brain On Sparta includes the l Funny and action packed Well, yes I wouldn t have guessed it before picking it up, but Plutarch is a page turner In this updated collection of Ian Scott Kilvert s original translation of Spartan Lives for Penguin, Richard Talbert adds the Life of Agesilaus as well as revisions to the original translation The result is a highly readable, not like the free translations you can find online that are often archaic and difficult to follow At least for this modern brain On Sparta includes the lives of Lycurgus, Sparta s lawgiver, Agesilaus, Agis and Cleomenes, as well as Spartan sayings and Xeonophon s Spartan Society The Lives themselves read like something out of George Martin s Song of Ice and Fire political intrigue, assassinations, coups d etat, manufactured wars, betrayals But behind all the grittiness, Plutarch shows some examples of true honour His approval of Spartan socie...


  4. says:

    Why is it that books on Ancient Greece have focused so intensively on Periclean Athens It was, after all, a slave society in which women were relegated to a subordinate role In its favor great literature, great philosophy except that they executed Socrates , great architecture and statuary This year, I have decided to concentrate heavily on books about Ancient Greece and by Ancient Greek authors To ensure that I do not unwittingly accept historical prejudices, I decided to start out with W Why is it that books on Ancient Greece have focused so intensively on Periclean Athens It was, after all, a slave society i...


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    It is very practical to have this collection of Plutarch s Lives focusing on Sparta presented together in one volume, and I find I d much rather read Plutarch s own texts than have them presented rehashed by contemporary scholars I read in the new Preface that the Life of Agesilaus has been added to this Expanded Edition, which is great though it would have been even better if the Life of Lysander had been added as well I don t see the point of leaving it out other than sellingbooks o It is very practical to have this collection of Plutarch s Lives focusing on Sparta presented together in one volume, and I find I d much rather read Plutarch s own texts than have them presented rehashed by contemporary scholars I read in the new Preface that the Life of Agesilaus has been added to this Expanded Edition, which is great though it would have been even better if the Life of Ly...


  6. says:

    This book is golden It has so many funny quotes from ancient bats, I can t stop laughing Plutarch has such a sense of humour but I also value his historical elements, too.


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    Spartan sayings are something that have been a part of Western culture since its inception Most people, whether they know it or not, have used a few of them There s even a Spartan saying to explain Spartan sayings It goes something like this why are Spartan sayings so short Spartan swords are short too, but they reach their enemy all the same As Plutarch notes in the book, the relationship between brevity and value runs through Spartan life Lycurgus weighted the highest currency with leas Spartan sayings are something that have been a part of Western culture since its inception Most people, whether they know it or not, have used a few of them There s even a Spartan saying to explain Spartan sayings It goes something like this why are Spartan sayings so short Spartan swords are short too, but they reach their enemy all the same As Plutarch notes in the book, the relationship between brevity and value runs t...


  8. says:

    Highly recommended if you are interested in Spartan lives, ancient greek history or moral portraits Sparta may have saved Greece from the barbarians, and won the Peloponesian war, but Athens has emerged the ultimate winner, simply because most of the surviving texts were written by Athenians A great selection of writings on a nation whose reputation for valour inspired the Western martial tradition, and whose reputation for casual brutality provided a useful template for English boarding schoo Highly recommended if y...


  9. says:

    Some of Plutarch s best lives, although occasionally he does not focus on the Life at all, as in the case of the legendary Lycurgus Here, Plutarch veers wildly away from biography and fortuitously crash lands in anthropology An ...


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    On Sparta s behalf, it must be said that the Spartans really knew how to fight In condemnation of Sparta, it must be said that the Spartans really knew how to fight Such are the paradoxes involved in studying the warrior nation that, for a time, dominated the city states of ancient Greece and for the student of classical culture who wants to get to know Sparta better, the biographies, sayings, and historical work brought together in this Plutarch volume under the title On Sparta provide a fin On Sparta s behalf, it must be said that the Spartans really knew how to fight In condemnation of Sparta, it must be said that the Spartans really knew how to fight Such are the paradoxes involved in studying the warrior nation that, for a time, dominated the city states of ancient Greece and for the student of classical culture who wants to get to know Sparta better, the biographies, sayings, and historical work brought together in this Plutarch volume under the title On Sparta provide a fine place to start.Originally, the biographies brought together for On Sparta would have paired these eminent Greeks with comparably important Romans, as part of the compare and contrast structure that characterized Plutarch s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans For this volume, however, Plutarch biographies of four particularly important Spartans are combined with collections of sayings that demonstrate the Spartan world view and with a short historical work, Spartan Society, that is traditionall...


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