Chapter Seven. Sparta

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Massimo Nafissi Associate Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch7

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Nafissi, M. (2009) Sparta, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Perugia, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • Foundation of Heraclid Laconia - identities and forms of dependence;
  • origin and nature of the Spartan Polis;
  • Spartans using concept of “Lacedaemon”;
  • concept of Lacedaemonians embracing Spartans and perioikoi;
  • political institutional development;
  • Aristotle - gerousia prerogative of elite primarily in ethical terms (kaloi kagathoi), ephorate open to entire damos;
  • reflecting persistence of luxurious symposiastic tradition contrasting with habits of classical syssition;
  • outline of archaic Spartan history


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Foundation of Heraclid Laconia: Identities and Forms of Dependence

  • The Development of Political Institutions

  • Conclusion: An Outline of Archaic Spartan History