In Defence of Sparta

In Defence of Sparta

The resurgence of classical Sparta in popular media notwithstanding, the city-state has long been looked down on by the chattering classes and academia.  In comparison to Athens, the eminent city-state of classical Greece, Sparta has often been stereotyped as its...
The Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC

The Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Thermopylae (480 BC) was the first land battle of the second Persian War.  It pitted a small force of mainland Greeks against the huge Persian army in the narrow confines of a coastal pass.  While the Spartan-led Greeks lost at Thermopylae, their decision to stand...
Spartan Politics and Society

Spartan Politics and Society

Classical Sparta produced a nearly unique socio-political structure in history.  The structure employed elements of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy combined with a highly stratified class system.  Its chief characteristic was its totalitarianism; the individual...