In this new edition, Paul Cartledge and Antony Spawforth have taken account of recent finds and scholarship to revise and update their authoritative overview of later Spartan history, and of the social, political, economic and cultural changes in the Spartan community.
This original and compelling account is especially significant in challenging the conventional misperception of Spartan 'decline' after the loss of her status as a great power on the battlefield in 371 BC.
The book's focus on a frequently overlooked period makes it important not only for those interested specifically in Sparta, but also for all those concerned with Hellenistic Greece, and with the life of Greece and other Greek-speaking provinces under non-Roman rule.

part I|90 pages

Hellenistic Sparta

chapter Chapter one|13 pages

In the shadow of empire: Mantinea to Chaeronea

chapter Chapter two|12 pages

Resistance to Macedon: the revolt of Agis III

chapter Chapter three|10 pages

The new Hellenism of Areus I

chapter Chapter four|21 pages

Reform – or revolution? Agis IV and Cleomenes III

chapter Chapter five|21 pages

Sparta between Achaea and Rome: the rule of Nabis

chapter Chapter six|11 pages

Sparta from Achaea to Rome (188-146 BC)

part II|125 pages

Roman Sparta

chapter Chapter seven|12 pages

Sparta between sympolity and municipality

chapter Chapter eight|15 pages

Sparta in the Greek renaissance

chapter Chapter nine|7 pages

Pagans and Christians: Sparta in late antiquity

chapter Chapter ten|16 pages

The Roman city and its territory

chapter Chapter eleven|17 pages

Local government I: machinery and functions

chapter Chapter twelve|16 pages

Local government II: the social and economic base

chapter Chapter thirteen|14 pages

High culture and agonistic festivals

chapter Chapter fourteen|22 pages

The image of tradition

chapter Chapter fifteen|3 pages

Epilogue: Sparta from late antiquity to the Middle Ages