Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Focuses upon Spartan history from her ancient origins down to the 4th Century BCE and key aspects of her political and social organisation and practice. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of ancient source material in translation (incorporating Greek and Roman value terms) in conjunction with modern scholarly opinion.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse the history, culture, and traditions of Sparta in antiquity;

2. Evaluate the influence of Sparta in the social historical context of the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome;

3. Communicate oral and written arguments in a clear, concise and analytical manner;

4. Research primary and secondary sources of evidence relevant to the history of Sparta.


An Introduction to the Course:

  • Aims at Teaching Methodology and Difficulties in dealing with the evidence
  • Early Sparta from Mykenaian times to the end of the 8th Century BC
  • The Lykurgan System and Spartan institutions
  • Sparta and the Greeks from the 6th to the 4th Centuries BC
  • Religion and Cult; the special status of Women
  • The Decline of Sparta as a Power in the mid-4th Century BC
  • Sparta through the eyes of ancient Philosophers and Historians: Ideal versus Reality


This course replaces AHIS3150. If you have successfully completed AHIS3150 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Source Analysis exercise (20%)

Written Assignment: Tutorial Paper (20%)

Essay: Major Essay (40%)

Quiz: Take-home Text Analysis and Quiz (20%)

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