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Offline Colin P

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Re: The Spartans Were Morons
« Reply #50 on: January 23, 2018, 10:25:56 »
Spartan? Moron? . . . oh, now I understand. Should always read the full item with references and not just the headline.

I knew he was old, but had no idea......  ;D

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Re: The Spartans Were Morons
« Reply #51 on: January 23, 2018, 11:15:02 »
Herodotus, Thucydides (the other one) and Xenophon would like a word with you.....

Actually, both Thucydides and Xenophon ended up writing not only about the Spartans, but in Sparta and among the Peloponnesian allies due to being exiled from Athens.

For true Laconophiles (yes that us actually a term) Xenophon is a very good source of info.  He is very biased but he is also critical of how much the Spartans had fallen from grace. That's if you want a true picture of the Spartans and not what Hollywood wants you to think.  Note that he also fought with the Spartans. 

I'm putting his book Polity of the Lakedemonians on my reading list.  Currently re-reading Herodotus' Histories as this thread has rekindled my interest in the subject.