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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.

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

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Can't get enough

Masterfully told, a true pleasure to listen to. I found myself listening to these lectures over and over again.

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Great overview!

An exciting though relaxed approach to Greek history. Shutt comes across as a teacher you could easily discuss Sparta over a beer at your favorite pub.

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  • Chet
  • Redding, CA, United States
  • 11-22-11

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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  • Dale
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 11-11-10

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • melanie
  • kambah, Australia
  • 12-16-09

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!

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 05-26-11

Can I get more?

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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Great info

I usually have it on in the truck on my way to work. I think it's facinating how much we have garbled 1000 years of history into what we think is the spartan story at Thermopylae. Worth a listen if you want to delve into what Sparta actually was in the ancient world. Even better if you have read the Iliad, Odyssey and The Histories first.

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Very informative and well structured

This book did a great job of telling what is known. The author did a good job of injecting his own opinions about contested history while labeling them as that. I found the pace of the narration too slow but at 1.5x speed it was fine (I almost never use that feature).

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  • Jason
  • Carson, CA, United States
  • 07-07-11

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.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Paul
  • 04-13-13

excellent overview

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful