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This paper attempts to reconcile Pausanias' description of the topography of Sparta with the first archeological digs in Sparta, a notoriously difficult site to interpret.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-497-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 268
Publication Date: Aug 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 39
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-497-4
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The physical remains of ancient Sparta have long been a source of frustration to scholars since, as Thucydides pointed out as early as the 5th century B.C., her greatness was in her military might and not in her buildings. In this article Crosby uses Pausanias' 2nd century A.D. guide to Greece to interpret the 1893 excavations of the American School in Athens, suggesting locations for various places mentioned in Pausanias and reconstructing the topography of ancient Sparta from a combination of literary and archaeological sources. This paper represents the earliest stage of excavation in Sparta and presents the assumptions and difficulties which still effect modern archeology in the area.

The physical remains of ancient Sparta have long been a source of frustration to scholars since, as Thucydides pointed out as early as the 5th century B.C., her greatness was in her military might and not in her buildings. In this article Crosby uses Pausanias' 2nd century A.D. guide to Greece to interpret the 1893 excavations of the American School in Athens, suggesting locations for various places mentioned in Pausanias and reconstructing the topography of ancient Sparta from a combination of literary and archaeological sources. This paper represents the earliest stage of excavation in Sparta and presents the assumptions and difficulties which still effect modern archeology in the area.

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Nicholas E. Crosby

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