Sparta’s perennial appeal to readers is shown by the sheer number of publications focused on this polis. Dr Andrew Bayliss has written the most recent monograph on the subject, offering an up-to-date introduction to the Spartan scholarship.
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.
One of the most interesting battles mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus is perhaps the “Battle of the Champions”, fought between the Spartans and the Argives.
The graphic novel Three offers an interesting, well-researched look at life as a helot in ancient Laconia.
An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.