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Spartan Warrior 735-331 BC by [B.Campbell, Duncan]
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..".describes a typical warrior's life and provides a fine history of the early Greek, Persian and Peloponnesian wars. Color photos of relics compliment a fine history suitable for any ancient hisotry library."- "The Midwest Book Review "(November 2012) "This concise book is well worth acquiring by anyone interested in ancient history as well as toy soldier and model figure hobbyists conducting research to re-create the life of a Spartan warrior in war and peace."- "Toy Soldier & Model Figure "(January 2013) ""Spartan Warrior "is a great reference book for the historian, wargamer, or figure painter. Each of these hobbyists can glean much useful information from these pages."- Richard Mataka, www.mataka.org

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A close examination of the Spartan warrior, including his training, life and battlefield experiences.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 July 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CYT3G8
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This book from Osprey's warrior series is a good and solid introduction to Sparta, its wars and its warriors. It is an excellent place to begin for anyone wanting to develop an interest in Sparta, but also a good way for anyone who wants to "brush up" on what he/she knew (or thought she/he knew) on the warriors.

Once again, the author should be commended for taking on a well-known subject on which, as a specialist on Sparta used to say with only a bit of exaggeration, "about fifty books are published every year", and managing nevertheless to come up with such a good overview, just as he had done a couple of years earlier with the battle of Mont Graupius.

The contents include all of the essentials, or, perhaps more accurately, everything I was expecting to find, starting with training and education, during which the young Spartiates was toughened up and taught the rigid sense of discipline and code of honour that would make the Spartan phalanx so difficult to beat. It then covers dress and appearance, equipment and military service.

Also included is a section on the Spartan warrior's "belief and belonging", that is his psychology, his warrior ethos and sense of loyalty and his deeply religious beliefs that were so important to him, and to the extent that we can reconstitute them. Finally, there is also a (unfortunately very short) section on "the warrior in battle", although a number of points that could have been included there are in fact made elsewhere in the book.

I do, however, have a couple of additional comments, if only to ensure that future readers are not surprised, or perhaps even a bit disappointed by this little book.

First of all, this book is what its title portrays it to be, no more, but no less.
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This book is a useful accompaniment to anyone beginning to study the was between Athens and Sparta as it gives a little more background interest detail than you find in strict academic journals.

Great for getting started and makes an excellent companion to 'the Spartans' DVD. I've found both these very useful for my A219 and A275 Open University modules.
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Excellent information & pictures .
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im a history buff and the information is more uptodate , and more procise it is well recomeded good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking on all challengers 31 Oct. 2012
By Anibal Madeira - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only the Spartans, but also the author. In this brilliant monographic publication, Campbell fights many preconceptions and wrong assumptions that plagued for so many years Spartan academic knowledge. Some he manages to win with considerable success (like the "mustax" question of facial hair), others using logic and intellect the author offers his competent view on the question at hand (the syssitia and the age groups), and others stating the limitations of certain subjects that what we knew "for sure" might need more study and research (like the lambda blazon in the aspis).

This book is the perfect complement for "Sparta at War" by Rusch for a clear view of what we know about Sparta and their Homoioi! What one misses, the other complement.

In this book you will find how this remarkable (and scary) society managed to maintain their unique traditions and lifestyle for centuries, almost without changing their views about life, religion, education (the agoge), foreign policy, etc. They are tradition incarnate, and a great case study.

The author describes with skill the training, appearance, morality, equipment among several other aspects of a Spartan warrior life.

The magnificent art by Steve Noon is a big plus in any book by this artist, and this is no exception. You will find color plates of: Spartan warrior c. 546 BC and c. 346 BC; Spartan Tactics; The battlefield sacrifice at Plataia 479 BC; The battle of Koroneia 394 BC; After the battle of Mantineia 418 BC. The only small critic I have is about the tone of the depicted Spartan warrior's body. Obviously they weren't bodybuilders, but Spartans had much pride on their lean, muscular bodies, and any man who devotes himself at physical excellence gets a fit and muscular physique for sure. Every depicted Spartan seems that they never left a desk in their lifetime...they are completely without any muscle definition. Even with this small complaint the artwork is truly fantastic.

Good glossary, useful photographs and further reading guide. Highly recommended book from an author that always hit his mark.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide into the Spartan World. 21 Nov. 2012
By Sean Tierney - Published on Amazon.com
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Campbell does an excellent job at providing insight into the Spartan military system. His introduction, explaining the laws of Lycurgus (the Rhetra) and the government established is excellent information to supplement any readings on Archaic and Classical Sparta. Moreover, explaining systems such as the syssitia and agoge are wonderfully expounded in great detail.

Weapons, equipment, and organization (such as the syssitia, or mess-group, and the enomotia, or "those bond by oath" which he ascribes as a band of brothers) are explained in to a great degree of accuracy (although, there are a few contentious points with the equipment).

A brief history (chronology) of major Spartan wars is also transcribed, eliminating the "300" stereotype and giving more insight in what made these some of the most formidable warriors in history.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and solid introduction 23 Mar. 2013
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
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This book from Osprey's warrior series is a good and solid introduction to Sparta, its wars and its warriors. It is an excellent place to begin for anyone wanting to develop an interest in Sparta, but also a good way for anyone who wants to "brush up" on what he/she knew (or thought she/he knew) on the warriors.

Once again, the author should be commended for taking on a well-known subject on which, as a specialist on Sparta used to say with only a bit of exaggeration, "about fifty books are published every year", and managing nevertheless to come up with such a good overview, just as he had done a couple of years earlier with the battle of Mont Graupius.

The contents include all of the essentials, or, perhaps more accurately, everything I was expecting to find, starting with training and education, during which the young Spartiates was toughened up and taught the rigid sense of discipline and code of honour that would make the Spartan phalanx so difficult to beat. It then covers dress and appearance, equipment and military service.

Also included is a section on the Spartan warrior's "belief and belonging", that is his psychology, his warrior ethos and sense of loyalty and his deeply religious beliefs that were so important to him, and to the extent that we can reconstitute them. Finally, there is also a (unfortunately very short) section on "the warrior in battle", although a number of points that could have been included there are in fact made elsewhere in the book.

I do, however, have a couple of additional comments, if only to ensure that future readers are not surprised, or perhaps even a bit disappointed by this little book.

First of all, this book is what its title portrays it to be, no more, but no less. Accordingly, it is not, and does not intend to be a history of "Sparta at war". Anyone looking for this should go for Scott Rusch's book which bears this very same title. It is not, either, a history of Sparta, a topic which is better covered by Paul Cartledge's book (Sparta and Lakonia) or, for the history of Sparta's hegemony and fall, his superb, erudite but difficult to access "Agesilaos and the Crisis of Sparta. Finally, it is not a book about the Spartan Army (see Lazenby for that), although Duncan Campbell has very much inspired himself from Lazenby's book (and its first chapter in particular) to the extent that several of his sections are almost summaries.

Second, the author does come up with a number of interpretations that he is not always able to discuss and present thoroughly, simply because of the severe space limitations of the Osprey collections. One of these is the view that Spartan warrior by the Peloponnesian War and the end of the Fifth Century had discarded body armour and the "Corinthian" helmet and all wore the metal conical "pilos" instead. This is rather controversial among historians and, given the lack of evidence and the contradictions between the few sources that we happen to have, these points can be argued (and have been!) at infinitum. With regards to armour, for instance, whether the Spartans still wore body armour or not, whether some still wore it and not others, and what types of armour was worn are all points that are still very much debated, contrary to the impression given by this book in both the text and the illustrations. Also controversial is the organization of the Spartan forces and the numbers fielded on different campaigns, although this is a topic that the author did not have to explore too much.

So, while this is a very valuable introduction and starting point, it is not quite perfect.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite its very limiting format does a very good job at introducing the reader to the topic 30 Dec. 2013
By Yoda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is part of Osprey’s “Warrior” series and, as such, is short at only 64 pages (about a third of which consist of illustrations). Despite this brevity, the book does an excellent job at introducing the reader to subject. The book covers training, indoctrination, weapons, tactics, dress, punishments, ethos and a few major operations, among other things. It covers all of these surprisingly well and in quite a bit of detail, despite its short length. To illustrate the detail covered by the book, it discusses how facial hair had to be cut if the soldier had not performed properly on the battlefield (only allowed to wear half a moustache).

The book is also very well illustrated, from color plates showing weapons and dress to maps how, tactically, the troops moved around in formation on the battlefield (even if they had to about face). Included are many photographs of pottery (i.e., amphoras) and other objects showing combat scenes, weapons and tactics on the battlefield. All and all an excellent addition to the Osprey’s Warrior series.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Details 22 May 2014
By Joseph L. Behringer - Published on Amazon.com
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For someone who is into Ancient Greek History this is important in explaining this epoch. Warfare was an important component for this period, the Spartan warrior was the impetus to how important the "hoplite" was, which leads to the "300", the Peloponnesian War, the "Ten Thousand", Alexander the Great, Punic Wars, Rome, etc. This goes into the social structure and how it changed over time that lead to it demise, from the black broth, the "300", Xenophon, etc. I enjoyed it.
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