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Books that take place in Sparta?

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Books that take place in Sparta?

Post by Divia » Sat April 25th, 2009, 3:37 pm

I enjoyed 300 and am currently reading Gladiatrix, which I am enjoying. The main character is a Spartan woman.

Their culture has me curious. I was wondering if anyone knows of other books that take place in Sparta with a female POV?
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Post by annis » Sat April 25th, 2009, 7:52 pm

Jon Edward Martin has writtena series of books set in ancient Greece which are good. One of them is set in Sparta, though it's not written from a female POV particularly.
"Shades of Artemis"

There are a couple of self-published novels by Helena P Schrader at least one focuses on women's experiences:
"Are they Singing in Sparta?"
and its sequel. "Spartan Queen, Spartan Slave"

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Post by Leo62 » Sat April 25th, 2009, 9:34 pm

Not female POV, but Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield is a must-read. It covers some of the same ground as 300, but totally kicks it's a$$ :D

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Post by annis » Sun April 26th, 2009, 6:46 am

Pressfield's "Tides of War" is excellent as well- the story of Alcibiades, a brilliant Athenian warrior and commander who switched sides to fight for Sparta. (Again, not female POV)

Rosemary Sutcliff also covered Alcibiades' story in her moving novel "The Flowers of Adonis".

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Post by Divia » Sun April 26th, 2009, 8:33 pm

Sorry only want to read about the female experience. Don't really care about the guys fightin in all that.
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Post by rex icelingas » Tue April 28th, 2009, 4:44 pm

`Spartan` by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Much of it deals with the aftermath of the 300 and the Helot revolt,I really enjoyed it

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Post by The Czar » Fri September 30th, 2011, 1:44 am

I'm about halfway through "Island of Stone" right now, and some of it so far has been in a Spartan female perspective. I doubt the rest will be though.
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Post by Chiliarch » Thu October 13th, 2011, 8:51 am

I can recommend Helena P. Schrader's "Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen : A Tale of Four Women in Sparta".

You don't care about guys fighting? Why, that's one of my greatest joys - men in skirts YAY!

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