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The Spartan Army, Elite 66

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The Spartan Army

(Elite 66)


Author: Nicholas Sekunda

Illustrator: Richard Hook

Paperback; November 1998; 64 pages

About this book

Although Sparta's early history is not clear, by the end of the 8th century most
of the other cities of Lakedaimon had been reduced to subject status.
The Lakedaimonians were the only full time army in ancient Greece and were thus
truly an elite force. The institutions of the state and the system of education
were organised with a view to creating superbly trained soldiers. Nick Sekunda
examines this unique military machine in this book describing the organisational
systems of the Spartan army through the Hellenistic period, how they were trained,
the battles they fought, and the society that produced them.

Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology
at Manchester University, he went on to take his Ph.D. in 1981. He has taken part
in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, participated in a
research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian
Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently
teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland.

Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After
national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the
much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance
illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his
deep knowledge of Native American material culture; and has illustrated more than
50 Osprey titles. Richard is married and lives in Sussex; his three children Adam,
Jason, and Christa are all professionally active in various artistic disciplines.

Contents

- Introduction

- Organisation

- Dress

- Hoplite Weaponry

- Other Arms

- Conclusion

- The Plates

Reviews

Kevin Hendryx (Sparta)

'The Spartan Army belongs on every classicist's shelf ... detailed and evocative
paintings ... A good book indeed; Lycurgus says, ""Check it out!""'


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