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'Kalos Kagathos' and Scholarly Perceptions of Spartan Society

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In the course of his exhaustive study regarding the development of the term kalos kagathos, FĂ©lix Bourriot has proposed a speci fically Spartan usage of the term, with a narrow military meaning. Here, I critically examine his arguments for this Spartan usage, exposing a number of flaws in his analysis. Ultimately, I argue that Bourriot's hypothesis serves as an instructive example of the detrimental effects of the un-nuanced extreme of the preconception, still held by many scholars, of Spartan society as exceptionally militarised and militaristic.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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