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Edward | eatinya~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks for the information you outlined about Sparta. I enjoyed every bit of it.
21 September 2013 - Ghana

Heather Moore | hmoorz~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Compared to the other Greek city-states in the Bronze/Iron Ages, was Sparta considered one of the older/more ancient Greek peoples and therefore the reason why they were often looked upon as "backward" & "primitive" by the so-called "cosmopolitan" & misogynistic Athens? By contrast, in ancient Thrace the status of their women seemed better than most of Greece in that time period (& earlier). It seems the further back one goes in ancient history, the more rights women seem to have had, even (or especially) in the Middle East. When did treating women as equal partners start to be an "old fashioned" idea in the bronze/iron age world?
7 June 2013 - Ancient Crete ( I wish )

Webmaster comments   Good question, Heather. Certainly, the Spartans were considered "conservative" and "old fashioned" (I don't think "primitive" would be the right word.) When did the "cosmopolitan" Athens start to become so misogynist? I'm not sure, but I have speculated that it came with contact with the empires of the Middle East. The Athenians were Ionian, the Spartans Dorians. Sorry I can't be more help.

Great website and blog providing the perfect antidote to the propaganda of the "laconophobes". Everyone should check out the blog aswell!
30 March 2013 - Ireland

Webmaster comments   Thank you! I hope you enjoy reading my books as well.

Danielle Haggard | haggardd~AT~umich~DOT~edu
Hi! I am an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan in the Classics Department. I find your website highly insightful. Thanks.
9 December 2012 - Ann Arbor, MI

Webmaster comments   Thank you! Go Blue!

sam | samwatson~AT~gmail~DOT~com
9 November 2012 - usa

Claudia | c_j_s29~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi! I am a year 11 student and your site has provided for most of the information I needed for my Ancient History research booklet and argumentative speech on Sparta being just as good as Athens. Making my life tons easier in the long run. This site has basically opened up hours of free time for me because everything I needed was in one place! Thank-you!!
31 August 2012 - Oueensland, Australia

Jenny | remusseverus~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I recently started an amateur investigation of ancient Sparta. When I stumbled on your site, I was intrigued. Your writing style is wonderful! You captured my attention with historical fact better than some writers do with fiction! I am going to order your fiction books on Friday, and I can't wait to start reading them. I will also be using this website for my homeschool lessons with my children. Since I was always fascinated with ancient Greece and Greek mythology, I fully intend to pass on that fascination to them. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and theories!
30 May 2012 - Tennessee, USA

Webmaster comments   Dear Jenny,
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope both you and your children enjoy my books.

Amy | gritsgirltn00~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I have just finished reading your books Leonidas of Sparta: Boy of the Agoge and A Peerless Peer. I read both books in 4 days. They are absolutely amazing! I have always been interested in Spartan history. I find them a fascinating people. I am also a homeschooling mom. My two sons,ages 6 and 9,love to read about Spartan history as well. Thankyou so much for creating such wonderful books! Its as if you can get totally lost in the culture through the books. I am anxiously awaiting the next Leonidas of Sparta book!
25 March 2012 - Tennessee, United States

Webmaster comments   Amy,
Thank you! If you have a free minute (which you probably don't with two active sons aged 6 and 9!) please post a review on Amazon. Nothing helps sales so much as honest, heartfelt reviews from real readers. Thank you again and let me know if you wish to be added to my newletter. Helena

Peter Spencer | tivoli~AT~justtrailers~DOT~com~DOT~au
g'day Helena,

I am so impressed to discover your website. I am also impressed with your take on who the Spartans really were. As a (now retired) Australian Army officer, Sparta was my professional study subject for all my career, and I always was dissapointed that 'modern historians' would put their own personal bias and interpretations onto the Spartans. eg literacy, the concept of the 'mentor' and military operational and tactical level tactics.

I look forward to expolring your site and to reading your Leonidas series on my Kindle.

7 December 2011 - Queensland Australia

Webmaster comments   Thank you for taking the time to write, Pete. Isn't the internet wonderful? Ten year ago we would have had no way to share our views about Sparta and communicate. You might also enjoy my blog:

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the novels. Don't forget to post a "customer review" on amazon if you do.

All the Best!

Joe Waylett | jowaylett~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi Helena,
I am currently finding this site very useful for an extended project I am currently doing. I was curious to know if you knew any useful books to look at spartan psychology? If so that would be very useful.
24 November 2011 - Nutley, East Sussex, England

Webmaster comments   Glad I can help. I am not aware of any entire book dedicated to such a difficult topic, but there may be isolated articles. I would suggest checking out back issues of "Sparta: Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History." Here a number of articles have been published on topics at least touching on Spartan psychology. I found Maria Papadopoulos' article on "Sparta: A City-State of Philosophers" in Vol 7:Issue 1 particularly useful. Also "The Role of Worship & Religion in the Spartan State," by Nikolaos Kouloumpis, Vol 6, No. 1, or "Misunderstanding Sparta," by Paul Houston in Vol 3, Issue 1.

Hi Helena,
I'm a student doing my research project on the culture of ancient Sparta, and this site has helped so much!
I've sourced a lot of different information from your work, and I found it a great source of information on a variety of different fields, especially comparing Sparta's culture to that of Athens.
12 November 2011

Thank you so much. I have to write a compair contrast paper on Athens and Sparta,and your site helped me so much I got almost all of my info from this site thanks again.
10 November 2011 - Great Valley, NY, USA

Duane Wirdel | duanewirdel~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I recently read that they think they've found the site where the Menelaion was located. Has anyone read anything about this?
9 November 2011 - USA

Webmaster comments   The Menelaion is the modern name for an ancient site with Mycenean foundations. A temple to Helen and Menelaos was built on the site in the early 7th century BC. The archeological site has been known and studied for centuries. Recent theories suggest that the remaining Mycenian ruins are probably cellars of what may have been a much larger, grander building. Erosion, however, has destroyed those parts of the building that would have enabled it to be identified definitively as a palace -- or not. You can visit the Menelaion easily today; no entrance fees whatsoever.

Anna Marie | Annahlovg~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Your website is fascinating and I have spent hours reading it in its' entireity. I enjoyed the insiteful research into the Spartan culture. I have ordered your second book on the life of Leonidas and I look forward to the enjoyable read that I am sure it will be! I also reviewed your list of sources on the website as I intend to continue research on Sparta. I was particularly interested in finding Xenophon, Spartan Society, 5th century BC. Unfortunately, I have done some extensive online searching to no avail. I thought perhaps the text you refer to may be under another title. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with information on how to obtain this text. Thank you for your wonderful work and I look forward to Book 3.
21 October 2011 - Maryland, USA

Webmaster comments   Anna, I'm always pleased to hear people have found my site useful. Thank you for taking the time to write.

Xenophon's essay on the Spartan Constitution is too short for a stand alone publication, so it is usually included in other works on Sparta. I personally own the Penguin Classics "Plutarch on Sparta" which includes a translaton of Xenophon's essay as well as a collection of "Spartan Sayings," a list of the Spartan kings and a good glossary. I'm not sure if it is still in print, but if not, you should be able to get it used. I highly recommend it -- even if much of what Plutarch writes is nonsense. I recommend reading Plutarch in order to form your own opinion and so you can as understand where much misinformation about Sparta comes from.

All the best and I hope you'll enjoy all my books on Sparta in the future. Helena

Anna | anna~DOT~assheton~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I cannot thank you or appreciate your work enough. I'm currently studying Classics in my senior year at high school and unfortunately my teachers methods are probably the same as the era she teaches.
I was panicking on how I was going to complete my personal study on the Spartans until I stumbled across this site. You have managed to explain all the ideas and concepts I needed for my background knowledge in a simple and yet in depth way. I simply cannot stop smiling in relief.
Do you know of any primary sources that could be used in regards to the Spartan women?
Thankyou again
5 September 2011 - Australia

Webmaster comments   Anna,

Primary sources are really very tricky. I suggest you go to the secondary sources listed on my website ("Spartan Women" by Sarah B. Pomeroy, "Women in Ancient Greece," by Sue Blundell and "Women and Law in Classical Greece" by Rahael Sealey) and see which sources they use. What I remember is ancient court cases -- in addition to the "usual suspects" (Herodotus, Aristotel, Plutarch). Primary sources on Sparta are hard to come by generally, and even more unreliable and scanty when it comes to women.

Good luck, and for fun I hope you'll buy one or the other of my novels. "Are They Singing in Sparta?" devotes an entire section to the life of women in Sparta, contrasting it with Athens. "Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen" is entirely focused on the role of women in the ancient world (and follows "Are They Singing of Sparta?" sequentially. Last but not least, Gorgo is a significant character in the second book of the Leonidas Trilogy which was released this week. Title: "Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer."

Helena P. Schrader

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