Why did the Spartans dislike democracy?

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Thursday 2nd February 2023 (17:00-18:00)
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Join Dr Matt Simonton (Arizona State University) for a discussion about Why did the Spartans dislike democracy?


Since antiquity, Sparta has been associated with oligarchy, the rule of the wealthy few. This connection now strikes us as obvious: Sparta was the great oligarchic power, in contradistinction to its chief rival, democratic Athens. But why exactly did the Spartans disparage democracy? After all, their founding constitutional document, the Great Rhetra, expressly granted power (kratos) to the people (damos). This talk studies comments about democracy made by, to, and in the presence of Spartans during the Classical period, in an attempt to determine what particular features of democracy they found distasteful.

Join leading academics for this week's lecture followed by a general discussion

All are very welcome. Free to attend.


Dr Matt Simonton (Arizona State University)

Dr Alberto Esu (University of Nottingham)

Dr Edmund Stewart (University of Nottingham)

Dr Petros Doukas (Mayor of Sparti)

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (University of Nottingham)

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Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies

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