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A History of Ancient Sparta: Valor, Virtue, and Devotion in the Greek Golden Age | [Timothy B. Shutt]

A History of Ancient Sparta: Valor, Virtue, and Devotion in the Greek Golden Age

A born teacher and lecturer, Professor Timothy B. Shutt examines the history and culture of ancient Sparta, a society renowned for military excellence and adherence to the values of courage, discipline, duty, and the overcoming of fear. Vastly outnumbered at the Battle of Thermopylae, the Spartan "300" held off an overwhelming Persian force before finally succumbing - but not without inflicting massive casualties and inspiring the rest of the Greeks with the notion that they could persevere.
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A born teacher and lecturer, Professor Timothy B. Shutt examines the history and culture of ancient Sparta, a society renowned for military excellence and adherence to the values of courage, discipline, duty, and the overcoming of fear. Vastly outnumbered at the Battle of Thermopylae, the Spartan "300" held off an overwhelming Persian force before finally succumbing - but not without inflicting massive casualties and inspiring the rest of the Greeks with the notion that they could persevere.

In this enlightening series of lectures, Professor Shutt delves into Spartan culture, examining its origins, government, religion, and the major events that defined its history.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Timothy B. Shutt; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    melanie kambah, Australia 12-16-09
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    "interesting and enjoyable"

    i really enjoyed this audiobook. Unlike another reviewer, I liked the old professor's delivery style and found it charming in an old professorish sort of way. I have always wanted to know more about Sparta and this book certainly did that for me - and it was so interesting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-11-10
    Dale Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "OK for a beginner"

    I'm a pure amateur with an interest in ancient history. I stumbled on this and assumed it would be an introduction to the topic. It was but I can easily imagine how this treatment might be bothersome to anyone not ignorant of the subject or with more than a passing knowledge of the subject. These are a series of lectures that seem to be designed to be spaced out as they would be in a college classroom. There is a lot of repetition and the lectures are about the duration of a college classroom session. Dr. Shutt often gets a bit off topic and uses a number of digressions which are a little odd. Bottom line: If you are totally ignorant of the topic, want a "big picture" treatment, and don't mind the "classroom" lecture structure then check it out. Otherwise you might find something more substantial and tightly organized.

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    Chet Redding, CA, United States 11-22-11
    Chet Redding, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Enjoyable and thorough overview of the Spartans"

    I'm not a professional historian, but have read/listened to many books on this subject. I found Professor Shutt's work enjoyable and thorough. His narration was excellent...makes it seem like you are sitting in and auditing his course.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 05-26-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2009

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    This was a great listen, extremely education and in depth. My only question is where can I find more of other titles just like these.?.

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    Karl 12-05-09
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    "Informative, but..."

    This is full of interesting information. Listening to it took me back in time to when I despised history professors. You get to hear every burp and lip smack as the old professor wheezes along.

    I picture him wearing a brown Harris tweed jacket and carrying a syrofoam cup of water as he lectures.

    The audiobook is good, you'll enjoy it. Just be warned, this is not Willaim Hurt performing The Sun Also Rises.

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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-07-11
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Good information, disgusting delivery"

    The information delivered is very good. It is broken into good, concise topics which can easily be listened to in short runs or back to back depending on how much time you have. However, it is very distracting to hear the professor struggling to make it through the lectures. I couldn't tell if he was eating while recording or had too much to drink. At times I had to stop because the sound of some old guy slobbering on his words and burping and sucking on his lips, being pumped directly into my ear, were too much. Also, the strange pauses are distracting. Like I say, the information is good, just be prepared to have audio slobber in your ears to get the info.

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    Found this to be a informative and enjoyable listen..Gives a great insight into all aspects of Spartan life.Definitly would recommend to all with an interest in this history period

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