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Emeritus Professor Stephen Hodkinson

By Departmental Research Seminar

Tuesday 13 August (Week 3), 2-3.30pm

Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.

All are welcome! Please arrive on time and join us after the seminar for coffee, tea and biscuits!

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Emeritus Professor Stephen Hodkinson | University of Nottingham

Re-evaluating Spartiate life: a grassroots perspective

My paper will examine the daily lives of the adult male citizens of classical Sparta, the Spartiates, approaching the subject from a new perspective that swims against the tide of previous approaches, ancient and modern. Traditional approaches have typically viewed Spartiate life from the top down: in antiquity from the perspective of Sparta’s legendary lawgiver Lykourgos: in recent times from that of the ‘Spartan state’. In contrast, I will attempt to view Spartiate life from the standpoint of rank-and-file Spartiates. Focusing on the diverse range of groups and gatherings in which Spartiates spent their daily lives, I will challenge the standard view that the activities of adult Spartiates were closely controlled. I will argue that Spartiate life included large amounts of time to conduct one’s private affairs; that the multiplicity of groups led to a diffusion of official control; and that the self-regulating character of many groups provided citizens, especially wealthy ones, with considerable scope to shape the precise character of their everyday lives.

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Departmental Research Seminar

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world.