The writing of Spartan history for long involved gliding, sometimes seamlessly, between the evidence of very different ancient sources. Now, a short series conceived by the Classical Press of Wales will examine closely and individually each of the principal sources and its relationship with classical Sparta. This first volume deals with Xenophon, to whom we owe a very large part of our image of the Lacedaemonians. Uniquely of surviving writers, Xenophon campaigned with Spartan commanders in the field. His Agesilaos is a eulogy of a Spartan king whom he knew personally. His Constitution of the Lacedaemonians is an intimate document of a different sort, moving from sustained assertion of Sparta's uniqueness as a ruling power to unexpected rant against alleged Spartan failings late in the author's life. Here a team of internationally recognised authorities on Sparta examine Xenophon's close - arguably too close - relation with the most powerful Greek state of his day.
Vincent Azoulay (Marne-La-Vallee): Sparta and the Cyropaedia: The Correct Use of Analogies' Gianluca Cuniberti (Turin): The Role of the Lacedaemonians in the Works and Reception of the Historian Xenophon' Thomas J. Figueira (Rutgers): Xenophon and the Spartan Economy' Noreen Humble (Calgary): True History: Xenophon's Agesilaos and the Encomiastic Genre' Ellen Millender (Reid): Foxes at Home, Lions Abroad: Spartan Commanders in Xenophon's Anabasis' Pierre Pontier (Paris): Xenophon, Sparta and Phleious' Anton Powell (Swansea): Sparta and the Enigma of Xenophon' Nicolas Richer (Lyon): The Lacedaemonian Model in Xenophon's Non-Historical Works'