Myth, text, and history at Sparta

"Myth, Text, and History at Sparta unites three studies that offer close readings concerning the interaction of the source material on Spartan history with the unfolding of actual historical events. These contributions take the position that not only political, but also social, policies at Spar...

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Published in:Gorgias studies in classical and late antiquity
Contributors: Figueira, Thomas J. 1948- (Editor)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Piscataway, NJ Gorgias Press 2016
In:Gorgias studies in classical and late antiquity
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Series/Journal:Gorgias studies in classical and late antiquity 18
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Sparta / Mythology / Historiography
Further subjects:B Memory Social aspects (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
B Collection of essays
B Collective Memory (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
B Sparta (Extinct city) Politics and government
B Sparta (Extinct city) Social policy
B Memory Political aspects (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
B Sparta (Extinct city) Historiography
B Myth Social aspects (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
B Myth Political aspects (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
B Sparta (Extinct city) History Sources
B Ideology (Greece) (Sparta (Extinct city)) History
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Summary:"Myth, Text, and History at Sparta unites three studies that offer close readings concerning the interaction of the source material on Spartan history with the unfolding of actual historical events. These contributions take the position that not only political, but also social, policies at Sparta, as well as the historical actors giving them shape, were intensely--and to an unusual degree--influenced by myth, tradition, and popular memory about the Laconian past. Sparta drew strength from its professed adherence to the legacy of the Dorian conquest and to the legislative program of Lykourgos. And, objectively, Sparta represented the most tightly articulated instance of an archaic Greek sociopolitical order. However, past and present at Sparta co-evolved. The reader will find in the studies brought together in this volume that ideology, recollection, and wish-fulfillment stood in dynamic tension not only with practical decision-making, but also with the enthralling, centuries-long quest by individual Spartans for authority, legitimacy, and authenticity"--Provided by publisher
Introduction / Thomas Figueira -- Politeia and Lakonika in Spartan historiography / Thomas Figueira -- The Lysandreia / Aaron J. Beck-Schachter -- Getting carried away with Theseus : the evolution and partisan use of the Athenian abduction of Spartan Helen / Aaron Hershkowitz
ISBN:1463205953