The Spartans were well-known for their frugality, living simply with a minimum of comforts, and ‘spartan’ acquired the sense of extreme simplicity in lifestyle.
The February issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: ON THE COVER: SPARTAN LAST STAND American military historian Fred Chiaventone recounts the Spartan defence of the Hot Gates at Thermopylae, 480 BC. SPECIAL: LEE AND JACKSON This month, our 15-page special looks at the partnership between two […]
Journey from the original Olympic games to the defeat of the Spartan juggernaut in this extract from our latest 15-page special on the rise of Sparta. c.776 BC: Traditional foundation date for Olympic Games c.750 BC: Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey composed c.700 BC: Sparta conquers Messenia c.650 BC: Messenian Revolt followed by Spartan Reconquest At […]
The April issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: Rise of the Spartans This month, Paul A Rahe explores Spartan military might across two articles. In the first he considers early Spartan grand strategy and the development of the hoplite phalanx, and in the second he analyses […]