Sparta: The Body Politic
edited by Anton Powell and Stephen Hodkinson
ISBN-13: 978-1-905125-26-5 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 - Nicolas Richer
2. Divination, royalty and insecurity in Classical Sparta - Anton Powell
3. Sparta and the politics of nudity - Ephraim David
4. Laconian black-figure pottery and Spartan elite consumption - Andrew Scott
5. The ghost of the Lakedaimonian state - Jean Ducat
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 - Stephen Hodkinson