Sparta at War

Strategy, Tactics and Campaigns, 950–362 BC

Scott M. Rusch

 
Date Published :
October 2014
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781783030118
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781848325302
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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During the eighth century bc, Sparta became one of the leading cities of ancient Greece, conquering the southern Peloponnese, and from the mid-sixth century bc until the mid-fourth, Sparta became a military power of recognized importance. For almost two centuries the massed Spartan army remained unbeaten in the field. Spartan officers also commanded with great success armies of mercenaries or coalition allies, as well as fleets of war galleys. Although it is the stand of the Three Hundred at Thermopylae that has earned Sparta undying fame, it was her victories over both Persian invaders and the armies and navies of Greek rivals that upheld her position of leadership in Greece. Even a steady decline in Spartiate numbers, aggravated by a terrible earthquake in 464 bc, failed to end their dominance. Only when the Thebans learned how to defeat the massed Spartan army in pitched battle was Sparta toppled from her position of primacy.

Scott Rusch examines what is known of the history of Sparta, from the settlement of the city to her defeat at Theban hands, focusing upon military campaigns and the strategic circumstances that drove them. Rusch offers fresh perspectives on important questions of Spartan history, and illuminates some of antiquity’s most notable campaigns.

About The Author
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Scott Rusch studied Greek and Roman history at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Ph.D. in 1997. Reflecting his lifelong interest in military history, he examined in his dissertation Greek military operations during the Peloponnesian War, a valuable preparation for this work. He has written on ancient military history for many publications.

REVIEWS
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"Author Scott M. Rusch presents students, academics, researchers, and general interest readers with an examination of the city-state of Sparta in times of war over the two centuries between 550 and 362 BCE. The author has organized the main body of his text in twelve chapters devoted to Messenians and Athenians, the Persian invasions, the end of the Spartan Empire, and a wide variety of other related subjects. The author is an independent scholar and historian"

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