Subject details

  • Topics
    • The Spartans and their lawgiver in Xenophon's Constitution of the Lacedaimonians
    • Sparta and the hoplite revolution
    • Aristotle's politics and lawgivers in Greece
    • Herodotus and the Spartans
    • Herodotus, Sparta and Athens
    • Thucydides and the Spartans
    • Thucydides 2: "the secret character of the political system"
    • Sparta and Greece after the Peloponnesian war
    • Xenophon, leadership and political theory
    • The second Athenian confederacy and the growth of Theban power
    • Fourth-century Panhellenism
    • Quellenkritik and the fragments of the Greek historians
    • Plutarch's Pelopidas
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will have attained:

  1. enhanced generic skills including assembling information to develop an argument, comparing different points of view, arguing your own view and finding creative ways to present ideas
  2. up-to-date familiarity with the academic debate over the origins and nature of Sparta as a Greek state and regional power
  3. familiarity with a source-based methodology for study of the ancient world, including critical approaches to literary material and an eclectic approach to synthesis of data
  4. familiarity with the debate over statehood and military service (especially hoplite service) in ancient Greece
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 5 - Online Discussion (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-HST335

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HST335 Sparta and Greece: Archaic and Classical.

Sparta was a powerful city-state in Greece from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC, and sometimes the most powerful. This subject examines the growth of Sparta from the Mycenaean period, through the phase of overseas settlement and the 'Spartan Mediterranean', the years of conflict against Persia then against Athens, and into the generation which ended with defeat at Leuctra and the establishment of Messene and Megalopolis. Spartan society, politics and upbringing will be examined, with reference to their broader context in Greece and beyond, along with the theme of change and opposition to change at Sparta.

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