||Sparta: The Body Politic
edited by Anton Powell and Stephen Hodkinson
ISBN-10: 1-905125-26-7, hardback, 300pp, 2008, GB £50
|This is the 7th volume from the International
Sparta Seminar, in the series begun in 1989 by Anton Powell with
Stephen Hodkinson. The volume is both thematic and eclectic. Ephraim
David and Yoann Le Tallec treat respectively the politics of nudity
at Sparta and the role of athletes in forming the Spartan state.
Nicolas Richer examines the significance of animals depicted in Lakonian
art; Andrew Scott asks what Lakonian figured pottery reveals of local
consumerism. Nino Luraghi and Paul Christesen deal respectively with
the way in which Sparta was viewed by Messenians and by Ephorus.
Jean Ducat treats 'the ghost of the Lakedaimonian state', a major
study of formal relations between Spartiate and perioikic communities.
Thomas Figueira considers how Spartan women policed masculine behaviour.
Anton Powell traces the development of Spartan reactions to political
divination in the classical period.
Introductory note vii
1. Elements of the Spartan bestiary in the Archaic and
Classical periods -
2. Divination, royalty and insecurity in Classical Sparta -
3. Sparta and the politics of nudity -
4. Laconian black-figure pottery and Spartan elite
5. The ghost of the Lakedaimonian state -
6. Spartans and Scythians, a meeting of mirages:
the portrayal of the Lycurgan Politeia in Ephorus’ Histories
- Paul Christesen
7. Gynecocracy: how women policed masculine behavior
in Archaic and Classical Sparta -
Thomas J. Figueira
8. Sparta and Nazi Germany in mid-20th-century British
liberal and left-wing thought -