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The Spartans at war

The Spartans at war

Myth vs reality

Were the Spartans really so great in war? What are the roots of their image as invincible super-soldiers? A deep dive into their history and institutions shows that there is some truth, but also a great deal of distortion.

Written by Roel Konijnendijk