Sword of the Spartan (The Last True Spartan Book 1)
The sword was shortened in order to encourage the Lakedaimonian warrior to use more effective thrusting attacks at the trunk and groin of his opponent. Such attacks would have been especially effective when the armies opposing the Lakedaimons had started to discard their body armour too.go site
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Regardless of the reasons for using such a short sword, the Spartan swords produced by Windlass Steelcrafts were copied from the book "The Spartan Army" and have a properly proportioned blade, a bronze grip, a simple and practical scabbard and in short pardon the pun are pretty much right on the money from an archeological point of view. But what about from a practical point of view? How do these Spartan swords stack up? Vendors description; "This version of the Lakonian short sword was copied from the book The Spartan Army. The Spartan army was one of the toughest on record.
They devoted themselves to being the best of the best. The leaf shaped blade is high carbon steel, grip is bronze. Scabbard is wood covered in leather.
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I have considered getting this blade more than once in the past. I like the compact and efficient style of it. Dry handling the blade I found it to feel more substantial than I had expected, a similar feeling I had with my recent Gladiator purchase. Windlass is fast winning me over, to their shorties anyway. The optional sharpening service made it wicked paper cutting sharp with a secondary bevel. I'm quick losing my aversion to secondary bevels. The scabbard fits loose so that the sword will drop out if turned upside down.
It could be a bit tighter. I'm also not fond of Windlass penchant for tucking the leather into the mouth of the scabbard thereby placing the leather next to the blade. Wait for the thrust near the end What dire fate could be ours if we have no fear of death? To think that when this man was your enemy you could not punish him for his desertion c but now that he has become your friend, you would put him to death!
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Somebody said that he was a wise man and one of the seekers after virtue. One of the persons with him remarked, "Just when we arrive he comes to the stopping-point. He was sent away by Leonidas to Sparta, on the pretext of announcing there what would come to pass, but in reality so that he should not suffer death with the rest. Someone among the bystanders asked him if he felt such contempt for the laws of Sparta.
And thereupon, seizing his arms and taking his stand at the king's right hand, he fell fighting. Hippocratidas wrote in reply: "If you have done him any great favour, put him to death; but if not, expel him from your country, for he is a poltroon so far as any virtue is concerned. And he swore to the persons present that, just so soon as he should arrive at Sparta, he would do everything to bring about a reconciliation among the Greeks, that they might become more formidable to the barbarians, and cease begging them e for their resources to use against one another.
To flee is a disgrace and an injury to Sparta. No; to stay here, be it death or be it victory, is best. But when Cleomenes had advanced near the city, and saw the gates closed and the women upon the walls, he said, "Does it seem to you that the return from here can be made in disgrace, where, since the men are dead, the women have barred the gates? And you are avaricious though you possess property enough. For proportionate to the topic should be the words you use. Why then don't you die as speedily as possible f so that you may with that cease from bewailing your unhappiness and poverty?
Truth, soon we shall either kill the barbarians, or else we are bound to be killed oursel's.
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He conceived the desire to save also three of the grown men, but they fathomed his design, and would not submit to accepting the dispatches. He said that the truth is better than falsehood, b but that the worth and value of either is determined by the use to which it is put.
Agesilaus found also a book written by Lysander in regard to the government, to this effect: that the citizens should take away the kingship from the Eurypontids and the Agiads and put it up for election, and make their choice from the best men, so that this high honour should belong not to those who were descended from Heracles, but to men like Heracles, who should be selected for their excellence; for it was because of such excellence that Heracles was exalted to divine honours.
This document Agesilaus was bent upon publishing to the citizens, and demonstrating what kind of a citizen Lysander had been in secret, and with the purpose also of discrediting the friends of Lysander. But they say that Cratidas, who at that time was at the head of the Ephors, anxious lest, if the speech should be read, it might convert the people to this way of thinking, restrained Agesilaus and said that he ought not to disinter Lysander, but to inter the speech along with him, since it was composed with a vicious purpose and in a plausible vein.
But there is no good in it unless you put it to use. As this had a wondrous sumptuousness, he said, f "By Heaven, the Persian was a greedy fellow who, when he had all this, came after our barley-cake. He said that he was not, but was merely proceeding to the unassigned portion of the land. This spring the enemy were guarding.
When the oaths had been exchanged, he got together his men and offered the kingdom to the man who would not drink; however no one had the strength to resist, but they all drank; whereupon he came down after all the rest, and sprinkled himself, the enemy still being present, and went back and took possession of the land on the ground that he had not drunk. Homer, Od. Xenophon, Hellenica , IV. For the sentiment cf.
Odes , III. Plutarch's Life of Agis , chaps.
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He died before his father, and so never became king. Plato, Apology , chap. Xenophon, Constitution of Sparta , Plutarch's Life of Lycurgus , chap.
Plutarch's Life of Agesilaus , chap. See Plutarch's Life of Cleomenes , chap. Aelian, Varia Historia , II. Thayer's Note: See other variations in Cic. Plutarch's Comparison of Lysander and Sulla , chap. Aristotle, Politics , III.