by Jean Ducat
|ISBN-13: 978-1-905125-07-4 ISBN-10: 1-905125-07-0, hardback. 350pp, 2006, GB £50.00|
DUCAT is the leading French authority on classical Sparta. Here
is what is likely to be seen as his magnum opus. Ducat systematically
collects, translates and evaluates the sources - famous and obscure
alike - for Spartan education. He deploys his familiar combination
of good judgement and uncompromising recognition of the limits to
our knowledge, while drawing at times on aspects of French structuralism.
This book is likely to become the definitive reference on its subject,
while also informing and provoking the future work of others. Sparta
was admitted by Greeks generally, even by its Athenian enemies, to
be the School of Hellas. Ducat's work is thus a major contribution
to our understanding of Greek ideas, and indeed to the history of
The author:JEAN DUCAT was born in Morocco in 1933. He followed the usual French cursus in classical studies, as a pupil of the École Normale Supérieure (1953-7), then as a member of the French School of Archaeology in Athens (1960-3). He spent the major part of his professional life as a Professor of Greek History in the University of Nice. First known as a specialist in Greek archaic sculpture, since 1974 ('Le mépris des Hilotes') he has been increasingly interested in Spartan matters: first in the Spartan way of slavery (Les Hilotes, 1990; Les Pénestes, 1994), then more generally in Spartan life and society, on which he has written and is still writing many articles. He now lives in Metz.