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Beyond Reception: Rethinking the Spartan Tradition

Microsoft Teams online event
Thursday 8th December 2022 (17:00-18:00)
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Join Dr Ian MacGregor Morris (University of Salzburg) for a talk on Beyond Reception: Rethinking the Spartan Tradition


Engagements with antiquity go far beyond the reception of classical texts and images, beyond literary exposition or political appropriation. The “Spartan Tradition” (E. Rawson) is revealing precisely because it embraces cultural, social, economic, theological, athletic and (anti-)aesthetic features, that drive engagements with Sparta and Spartans in a diverse range of ideas, uses and practices; many of which are, perhaps like the Spartans themselves, both sublime and ridiculous. Dr  Ian MacGregor Morris’s forthcoming edited volume, Brill's Companion to the Spartan Tradition, provides the opportunity to re-examine many of these topics from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. In this lecture Dr MacGregor Morris will review the Spartan Tradition from ancient to modern, revealing a rich tapestry of engagement with the classical that defies any straightforward categorisation, but is best approached as an incohesive, but overlapping, whole.

All are very welcome. Free to attend.


Dr Ian MacGregor Morris (University of Salzburg)

Dr Petros Doukas (Mayor of Sparti)

Professor Stephen Hodkinson (University of Nottingham)

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (University of Nottingham)

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