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From c.550 BC until her defeat at the battle of Leuktra in 371 BC, Sparta was a dominant force in the Greek world. This has traditionally ben explained by Sparta's egalitarian and militaristic society. Hodkinson's accessible and detailed study of Sparta's ruling classes shows how a new citizen organisation was established in the 6th and 5th centuries BC in response to the great discrepancy between rich and poor in Sparta which had caused a succession of civil wars. The book first discusses what Sparta ideally represented to the classical and modern worlds before considering the realities of Spartan landownership and private property and wealth. Hodkinson demonstrates that severe inequality never left Sparta but instead contributed to the rapid decline in the state's fortunes following the defeat of 371 BC.
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Stephen Hodkinson is the author of innovative studies of ancient Greek society, and especially of classical Sparta, on which he is now one of the world's most respected commentators. He was joint editor of The Shadow of Sparta (1994), Sparta: New Perspectives (1999), Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Organisation and community in Ancient Greece (2000), and The Sea in Antiquity (2000). Stephen Hodkinson is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham.
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Book Description The Classical Press of Wales / Duckworth, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. One-word small signature on front free endpaper. Otherwise fine condition. Appears unread. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 450 pp. Seller Inventory # 34795
Book Description Classical Press of Wales, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Light foxing to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008006356
Book Description Duckworth and the Classical Press of Wales, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Uninscribed in fine dust jacket with no wear. 512 pages. Seller Inventory # 343