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By Timothy B. Shutt, Recorded Books

Explores the background and tradition of old 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, reading its origins, govt, faith, and the key occasions that outlined its history.

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140). This was, in fact, so very disheartening that the Athenians tried again and gained a slightly more favorable response. “The rest will be taken,” the Pythia suggested, but “a wall made of wood does farsighted Zeus . . ” In 481, then, those few city-states that had chosen to resist decided to meet at the sanctuary of Poseidon at the isthmus of Corinth in order to consolidate their plans. The ensuing “Hellenic League,” the core of which was Sparta and her allies, accordingly decided that Sparta should be their leader.

Not the actions of men scared witless, and a little baffling on the eve of battle in any event. What are they doing? Demaratus explains: These men have come to fight us for control of the road, and that is really what they are preparing to do. For it is their tradition that they groom their hair whenever they are about to put their lives in danger. Now know this: if you subjugate these men and those who have remained behind in Sparta, there is no other race of human beings that will be left to raise their hands against.

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. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948. 45 Lecture 9: Their Finest Hour: Artemisium and Thermopylae, 490–480 BCE (Part I) The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Paul Cartledge’s The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece.

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