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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

Every Thursday, 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. Also taking part willbe popular writers Steven Pressfield (author of the bestseller ‘Gates of Fire’) and Kieron Gillen, graphic novelist.

We look forward to meeting you!

Sparta at War

Sparta at War
Date
Thursday 21 May
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta at war

Before the '300'

Before the '300'
Date
Thursday 28 May
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the 'Lord of Vapheio' and the warriors of Bronze Age Greece

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

Death and Commemoration around the time of the '300' Spartans
Date
Thursday 4 June
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about death and commemoration rituals around the time of the '300'

The '300' in historical novels

The '300' in historical novels
Date
Thursday 11 June
Description
Join Steven Pressfield for a discussion about the '300' at Thermopylae

Sparta in graphic novels: THREE

Sparta in graphic novels: THREE
Date
Thursday 18 June
Description
Joing the writer and pubisher of the graphic novel 'Three' that explores Spartan history and culture a century after Thermopylae.

Unveiling Spartan Women

Unveiling Spartan Women
Date
Thursday 25 June
Description
Join leading academic Professor Ellen Millender for a lively discussion about Spartan women

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

Spartan art before and after the time of the '300'
Date
Thursday 2 July
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Spartan art before and after the time of the '300'

The 'Spartan Mirage'

The 'Spartan Mirage'
Date
Thursday 9 July
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the 'Spartan Mirage'

Sparta and philosophy

Sparta and philosophy
Date
Thursday 16 July
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta and philosophy

Sparta and International Relations

Sparta and International Relations
Date
Thursday 23 July
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about Sparta and international relations

The legacy of Sparta in modern politics

Date
Thursday 30 July
Description
Join leading academics for a discussion about the legacy of Sparta in modern politics
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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
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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