Sparta: Unfit for Empire

Godfrey Hutchinson

The end of the Peloponnesian War saw Sparta emerge as the dominant power in the Greek world. Had she used this position wisely her hegemony might have been secure. As it was, she embarked on actions that her former allies refused to support. The rise of Thebes as a threatening power to Sparta's control of Greece was largely the result of the brilli
Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
8pp plates, 14 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848322226
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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The end of the Peloponnesian War saw Sparta emerge as the dominant power in the Greek world. Had she used this position wisely her hegemony might have been secure. As it was, she embarked on actions that her former allies, Thebes and Korinth, refused to support. The rise of Thebes as a threatening power to Sparta’s control of Greece was largely the result of the brilliant exploits of Epaminondas and Pelopidas whose obvious examination of Spartan tactics allowed them to provide counters to them.

While noting the political issues, Godfrey Hutchinson’s focus is upon the strategic and tactical elements of warfare in a period almost wholly coinciding with the reign of the brilliant commander, Agesilaos, one of the joint kings of Sparta, who, astonishingly, campaigned successfully into his eighties.

REVIEWS
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"Let us start with the main point – if you arE looking for a book which tells you what happened immediately after the Peloponnesian War which ended in 404 BC, this is probably the best book for the job... The overall text is rather like the Parson's egg. However, while that egg was 'good in parts', this book is excellent in parts, good in most of the rest, and pedestrian only on rare occasions. There are many books on Sparta in print – and this is definitely one of the better ones."

- UNRV

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