SPARTAN ARMY


SPARTAN ARMY

J. F. LAZENBY    Book Number: 82058    Product format: Paperback

First published in 1985, this classic of military history is now reissued in paperback format to satisfy the continuing interest in Sparta among ancient historians and the general public. The author concentrates on the army itself, its organisation, recruitment, equipment and training, and the question of what made it so outstanding as an instrument of war. The author believes that the size of the Spartan army, composed exclusively of Spartans, was much larger at its height, in the time of Xenophon and Thucydides, than most people think, and he argues that the lives of the Spartan helots were probably no worse than slave communities elsewhere in Greece. He challenges the Spartans' reputation for mindless brutality by pointing out that following their triumphant victory over Athens they resisted the clamours of their allies for the city's destruction. The author traces the development of the army from kinship-groups to the basic 40-man unit, though how many such units constituted a division or mora is still unknown. There would be little metallic armour in the early days but the adoption of hoplite equipment and tactics, with the distinctive double-grip shield, probably took place in the early seventh century, though the date is hotly disputed. In the second part of the book the author examines the strategies of battles such as Thermopylae, Sphakteria and Leuktra. 239pp, paperback, maps.
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ISBN 9781473828056
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