The Spartan Tradition in European Thought

Paperback | September 1, 1994

byElizabeth RawsonForeword bySir Keith Thomas

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Ancient polemics on Sparta (by Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, and others) have had a remarkable afterlife in the political and educational thought of Renaissance Italy, the France of the Philosophes, Whig England, and Nazi Germany. This book outlines the little we know of ancient Sparta,describes Greek reaction to the ambiguous institutions of the great rival to democratic Athens, makes a first attempt to follow the subsequent fortunes of the debate, and indicates Sparta's role over twenty-five centuries in the intellectual history of Europe.

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Ancient polemics on Sparta (by Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, and others) have had a remarkable afterlife in the political and educational thought of Renaissance Italy, the France of the Philosophes, Whig England, and Nazi Germany. This book outlines the little we know of ancient Sparta,describes Greek reaction to the ambiguous institutio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`In addition to being broader in scope, this book excells in individual emphasis. Readers will be surprised to learn how deeply indebted figures like Machiavelli, Calvin, and Rrousseau are to the Spartan tradition. This is intellectual history at its best.'Book Review Digest