The editor: Thomas J. Figueira was born on Broadway in Manhattan
in 1948 and educated in the public schools of New York City and
Poughkeepsie, New York. He received his Ph.D in Ancient History
from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He is the author of
Aegina (1981), Athens and Aigina in the Age of Imperial Colonization
(1991), Excursions in Epichoric History (1993), The Power of Money:
Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire (1998), co-author of
Wisdom from the Ancients (2001), and co-editor of Theognis of Megara:
Poetry and the Polis (1985). He has written numerous articles, chapters,
contributions, and reviews.
This is the fifth volume from the International Sparta Seminar,
in the series founded by Anton Powell and Stephen Hodkinson. Thomas
J. Figueira is here the editor of sixteen papers; fifteen are new,
the other is newly translated from the French. Among the authors
are most of the world's leading authorities on the history of Sparta.
There are particular concentrations of papers on Spartan women;
the economy of Sparta; helots and Messenians; Xenophon and Sparta;
and the modern reception of Sparta.