CSPSCentre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

The Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS) has an international reputation as the world’s only research centre focused on the study of Sparta and the Peloponnese, Greece. It was founded by Professors William Cavanagh (Archaeology) and Stephen Hodkinson (Classics) in 2005. Its official inauguration took place in 2006, through public launches both in the United Kingdom and Greece.

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Key Areas 

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About us

Photo of four Playmobil toy figures dressed as ancient gods with an eagle on a plinth beside them.


Two copies of the graphic novel 'Three' displaying a Spartan warrior's helmet on the covers.

News and events

Diver in full gear underwater holds up a piece of pottery to the camera (photo).

Research projects

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Public outreach

Table scattered with skeins of wool and bits of paper with two sets of hands at the edge of the photo.


A seated Spartan woman passes a shield up to a young armoured man standing before her (painting).

Related studies

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Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4800
fax: +44 (0)115 951 4811
email: csps@nottingham.ac.uk