The complex Spartan tradition has been central to western thinking since antiquity. Sparta is also one of the handful of ancient Greek cities well enough attested for the historian to attempt a convincing social portrait in the round. This work intends to capture both the influence of the Spartan tradition and Sparta's thought-provoking qualities.
Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History, University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300-362 BC (1979), Agesilaos and the Crisis of Sparta (1987), and (with A. Spawforth) Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities (1989).