Angry, angry Spartans

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Thursday 22nd October 2020 (17:00-18:00)
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Ancient bronze statue of a standing Spartan warrior with helmet and shield. One upraised hand is empty but used to contained a spear. Roughly formed.

Bronze figure of a warrior, 6th c. BC.

Join Andrew Bayliss for a discussion about the Angry, angry Spartans

When we think of Spartan behaviour we often think of the usual stereotypes.

They might be positive, like Spartans bravely fighting to the death in obedience to Spartan law, Spartan boys resolutely enduring the lash during the upbringing, or Pausanias piously sacrificing to the gods before the Battle of Plataea.

The stereotypes might also be negative, like the Spartans’ alien acts, or the seemingly countless Spartan sayings rudely dismissing foreigners as wordy windbags, or even Thucydides’ famous characterisation of the Spartans as slow to act.

But one Spartan quality that appears very frequently in our sources – anger – is often overlooked. This paper will go beyond the stereotypes and explore the portrayals of Spartan anger in context.


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Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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