CSPSCentre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

Sparta Live!

Join us for an online programme of lively workshops themed around the history, archaeology and legacy of ancient Sparta.

  • Learn the facts about this fascinating ancient culture that's inspired Hollywood films, documentaries, fiction and graphic novels
  • Challenge misconceptions that have led to its misappropriation
  • Celebrate the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC)!

The programme is hosted jointly by the Centre for Spartan & Peloponnesian Studies and the City of Sparti, Laconia, Greece – the site of ancient Sparta.

Leonidas at Thermopylae, by French artist Jacques-Louis David, 1814 (oil on canvas). The work currently hangs in the Louvre in Paris, France. © Creative Commons
 

Sparta Live workshops

The current Sparta Live series will run on selected Thursdays from 5-6 pm (UK time).

We will be joined by international experts from the fields of Spartan history and archaeology to explore different aspects of the ancient Spartan civilisation and culture. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events

Myth articulates Territory: Spartans and Hebrews with Irad Malkin

Date
29/02/2024
Location:
Microsoft Teams online event
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

From Kingship to Tyranny: What did Cleomenes III do to the Spartan constitution? with Edmund Stewart

Date
07/03/2024
Location:
Microsoft Teams online event
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Chilon of Sparta: Legend and Reality with Susan Shapiro

Date
14/03/2024
Location:
Microsoft Teams online event
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

The past of our city: The history of Sparta through its standing ancient architectural remains with Anastasia Panagiotopoulou

Date
21/03/2024
Location:
Microsoft Teams online event
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.
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Past events

Autumn 2023

Revising the Spartan Krypteia with Selene Psoma

Date
12/10/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

17 October - Ellen Millender

Date
17/10/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Equal contributors? Agesilaus and Lysander within Plutarch's 'Spartan Cycle'

Date
26/10/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

The Queen of Sparta - Tariq S. Chaudhry

Date
02/11/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

CSPS Annual Lecture

Date
14/11/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Tegean oligarchy in the shadow of Sparta - Ingvar Brandvik Mæhle

Date
16/11/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Just when was the prehistoric town of Pavlopetri drowned by the sea?

Date
23/11/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Did the Spartans Practice Eugenics? with Timothy Doran

Date
30/11/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Lakonian Heroic Plaques Revisited: Has Anything Changed? with Gina Salapata

Date
14/12/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.
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Spring 2023

"Dorian" Civic Dining? Rethinking the Syssition on Crete and at Sparta

Date
02/03/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

The History and Archaeology of the Spartan Malea Peninsula

Date
23/02/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Kythera and Laconia, a continuous dependent relationship

Date
09/02/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Why did the Spartans dislike democracy?

Date
02/02/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Spartiates, and Lakedaimonians: The Language of Identity in Archaic and Classical Sparta

Date
26/01/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

The agones for Ortheia

Date
19/01/2023
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.
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Autumn 2022

Personifications of Natural Elements and Their Representations in the Mosaics of Sparta and the Peloponnese

Date
15/12/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Beyond Reception: Rethinking the Spartan Tradition

Date
08/12/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Sparta Reconsidered: Countering Myths and Misinformation with Common Sense in the Novels of Helena P. Schrader

Date
01/12/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

The Mentor Shipwreck

Date
24/11/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Kythera and Laconia, a continuous dependent relationship

Date
10/11/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Byzantine glazed tableware from Lakedaimon: the social, economic and historical context

Date
03/11/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Beyond the Throne: the archaic finds of the Spartan sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios

Date
27/10/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.

Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave: a reassessment of past and current research

Date
20/10/2022
Description
Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion.
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Autumn 2021 series

Sparta and Athens - A Classical Love Story

Date
02/12/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Dedicatory Patterns at the Hero Shrines of Sparta

Date
25/11/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Ritual employment at (inter)regional sanctuaries

Date
18/11/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Spartan Women at the Eleusinion

Date
04/11/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Sparta's monumental commemoration of the Persian Wars

Date
28/10/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Thermopylae and the Spartan Military Mystique

Date
20/10/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.
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Spring 2021 series

Adapting Slavery to Spartan Society

Date
18/03/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.

Spartan doctors and medical science in Sparta

Date
04/03/2021
Description
Join leading experts for a discussion about Sparta and medical practice, the latest free event in the exciting SpartaLive series of public talks.

Sparta and the Internet

Date
18/02/2021
Description
Join the SpartaLive team for the latest free event in this exciting series of public talks.
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Autumn 2020 series

Warlike Spartans? Competing memories on Spartan militarism

Date
10/12/2020
Description
Join Elena Franchi for a discussion exploring competing memories on Spartan militarism.

"My Queen!": The reception of Gorgo in 300 (2006) and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Date
26/11/2020
Description
Join Carl Buckland for a discussion about "My Queen!": The reception of Gorgo in 300 (2006) and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014).

Music in Ancient Sparta

Date
12/11/2020
Description
Join James Lloyd for a discussion about Music in Ancient Sparta

Angry, angry Spartans

Date
22/10/2020
Description
Join Andrew Bayliss for a discussion about the 'Angry, angry Spartans'
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Summer 2020 series

The legacy of Sparta in modern politics

Date
30/07/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the legacy of Sparta in modern politics

Sparta and International Relations

Date
23/07/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta and international relations

Sparta and philosophy

Date
16/07/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta and philosophy

The 'Spartan Mirage'

Date
09/07/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the 'Spartan Mirage'

Spartan art before and after the time of the '300'

Date
02/07/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Spartan art before and after the time of the '300'

Unveiling Spartan Women

Date
25/06/2020
Description
Join leading academic Professor Ellen Millender for a lively discussion about Spartan women

Sparta in graphic novels: THREE

Date
18/06/2020
Description
Join the writer and publisher of the graphic novel 'Three' that explores Spartan history and culture a century after Thermopylae.

The '300' in historical novels

Date
11/06/2020
Description
Join Steven Pressfield for a discussion about the '300' at Thermopylae

Death and Commemoration around the time of the '300' Spartans

Date
04/06/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about death and commemoration rituals around the time of the '300'

Before the '300'

Date
28/05/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the 'Lord of Vapheio' and the warriors of Bronze Age Greece

Sparta at War

Date
21/05/2020
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta at war
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Chrysanthi Gallou photo

Exciting topics we are covering include the Battle of Thermopylae, Spartan women, and the legacy of ancient Sparta in modern politics.

We are thrilled that the Mayor of the modern-day city of Sparti will be joining us to give their unique insight into these famous ancestors.

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou
Director of the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

 

Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

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