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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 third Sparta Live series will run in Spring 2021 on alternate Thursdays, 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. Former participants include popular writers Steven Pressfield (author of the bestseller ‘Gates of Fire’) and Kieron Gillen, graphic novelist

We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events

Check back soon for details on upcoming events

Past events

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

University of Nottingham
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