Ancient Sparta continues to fascinate the modern imagination. This unit examines Ancient Sparta from multiple perspectives, from its early history and social structures in antiquity to the idealised state of the Western philosophical and political tradition. We will differentiate ancient city from modern fantasy by rethinking the evidence and then try to understand why Modernity's fascination with Sparta is so enduring.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
participation (10%), 1x500wd seminar presentation (15%), 1x1500wd take-home exercise (35%), 1x2500wd research essay (40%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in the Ancient History major