Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $26,672
Woo hoo!! And the first 30% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: sparta

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore

    10/09/2005 8:29:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 4,316+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Sep. 14, 2005 | Melanie Pope of Renault Communications
    While Hughes explores the Late Bronze Age reality behind the story of Helen, she takes in some of the most beautiful scenery of the ancient world, from the magnificent citadel at Mycenae to the spectacular site of the shrine to Helen, high in the hills above Sparta. She also tastes the food of the ancient world -- based on the latest archaeological research -- and discovers how the conflict in Helen's name would really have been fought. Working with weapons experts and accurate replicas of chariots pulled by local gypsy horses, Hughes experiences firsthand how chariots and archers battled beneath...
  • Helen Of Troy Existed?

    10/18/2005 11:08:43 AM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 2,602+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | 10-18-2005 | Jennifer Viegas
    Helen of Troy Existed? By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsWas a Queen of Sparta Helen of Troy? Oct. 17, 2005 Helen of Troy, described in the epic poem The Iliad, was based on a real woman, according to a new book that weaves history, archaeology and myth to recreate the famous ancient Greek beauty's life. According to the new theory proposed by Bettany Hughes, Helen's mythological character was inspired by a wealthy Bronze Age leader from the southern mainland of Greece. Hughes, a former Oxford University scholar who has conducted research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor, was unavailable for...
  • Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

    08/27/2015 1:46:45 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 26th 2015 | Agent France-Presse
    Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period 'Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern Greece. At the site, archaeologists found objects of worship, clay figurines, a cup adorned with a bulls head, swords and fragments of murals.'
  • Archaeologists making exciting discoveries in Laconia

    08/28/2015 5:10:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Unattributed
    Ongoing excavations at a site in the southern Peloponnese are offering rare insight into the ancient past of Laconia, about which very little physical evidence exists, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency cited the Culture Ministry as saying on Tuesday. Covering an expanse of 3.5 hectares, the site on Aghios Vassilios Hill near the village of Xirokambi on the Sparta plain has been under excavation since 2009 and is believed to contain valuable evidence that will shed light on life in the area during the 17th to 16th centuries BC, the announcement said. A palace complex found on the site and...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • Historys First Rainbow Political Execution

    01/25/2015 11:00:13 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    If MSNBC Says Something Alone in the Forest, Is It Still Stupid? ^ | c. 430 354 BC | Ξενοφῶν (Xenophon)
    Socrates … took occasion of the presence of a whole company and of Euthydemus to remark that Critias appeared to be suffering from a swinish affection, or else why this desire to rub himself against Euthydemus like a herd of piglings scraping against stones. The hatred of Critias to Socrates doubtless dates from this incident. He treasured it up against him, and afterwards, when he was one of the Thirty [Tyrants] … he framed the law against teaching the art of words merely from a desire to vilify Socrates. He was at a loss to know how else to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Euthanasia in Belgium - Its True Name

    02/21/2014 7:31:07 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    theBeacon ^ | 02.20.14 | Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D
    In the English language, the word Spartan has come to mean austere. The culture of ancient Sparta was so harsh that mothers would send their sons off to war with the warning, Return with your shield or on it. Spartan austerity began at birth. New-born infants were examined and if they were not fit, they were left to die. Infanticide was not unusual in the ancient world. But, in Sparta, it was managed by the state with chilling efficiency. What mattered most was not the individual, but the nation. Weak individuals were not allowed to drain the strength of one...
  • Curtains Rise at the Theater of Messene after 1,700-Year Intermission

    08/25/2013 5:00:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Bible History Daily (BAR) ^ | May 22, 2013 | Noah Wiener
    The seats of Messene’s grand theater in the southwestern Peloponnese have remained empty since 300 C.E. Long gone are the days when a general from the Achaean league or the king of Macedonia would host events with thousands of visitors. After 20 years of excavation and restoration, the theater will be reopened—as both an archaeological site and a contemporary cultural institution. Excavation director Petros Themelis told the Greek publication Αρχαιολογìα Online, “We want the theater to operate for events, schools, conferences. We want all areas of ancient Messene to operate in a multifaceted manner. We want the whole city to...
  • Molon Labe, the Code of Those Born Fighting

    01/30/2013 7:48:09 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    If you are a reader of comments here at American Thinker then you have probably noticed an increasing use of the term molon labe. For those of you unfamiliar with the term and too busy (or too lazy) to look it up, I've done it for you. It is a Greek expression first attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta when the Persian invader Xerxes I, prior to the Battle of Thermopylae, demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms and submit to him. Its essential meaning was, "Up yours, pal: come do your worst." In so many words, it is...
  • Messene, out from under the shadow of Sparta

    10/06/2012 9:52:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Athens News ^ | August 17, 2012 | John Leonard
    Messene's 9.5km-long circuit of stoutly constructed defensive walls enclosed an extensive array of uniquely designed public and private structures... Mt Ithome and its southwestern slopes are soaked in history, their occupation dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age. The city of Messene, within the larger region of the same name, was only founded in 369BC, at the behest of the Theban leader Epaminondas, two years after Boeotian forces had defeated the Spartans at the Battle of Leuctra and ended their domination over the Peloponnese. Messene and its northeastern neighbour Megalopolis, established in 371BC, were intended as a pair...
  • Ancient Temple Discovered in Messinia

    04/28/2012 4:54:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | April 24, 2012 | Areti Kotseli
    Archaeological research reveals an ancient temple in the mountains between Ilia and Messinia, opposite the well-known imposing temple of Epicurean Apollo. The area around the newly discovered temple was full of architectural tools that were used to build a small temple, while former head of the 38th Ephorate of Antiquities, archaeologist Dr. Xeni Arapogianni explains that when the small temple was demolished in order to build a new one, topmasts, triglyphs and other parts of the ancient temple were found. The excavation started back in 2010, revealing the temple as well as bronze items and a great number of...
  • America: Will we be inspired by Sparta or Calvary?

    04/17/2012 7:28:29 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 17, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    It can no longer be denied that America has become a "seething cesspool of filth and corruption." America has become a haunt of demons and of every foul spirit. Today, even those who present themselves as "Catholic" have lost the sense of sin. Archbishop Fulton Sheen warned that, "Man is powerless to resist evil if he does not recognize it as such, and deceives himself when he becomes indifferent to evil; his whole personality immediately begins to dissolve, for the power of conscience is inseparably bound up with the denunciation of evil. And this is precisely what our world is...
  • We raise men in this house

    04/27/2011 4:34:03 PM PDT · by Jacvin · 11 replies ^ | 4/27/2011 | Jack Furnari
    U.S. Rep. Allen West is being heavily criticized by the usual suspects for an astute observation he made the other day when speaking before a group called Women Impacting Nation. featured that video on our home page and called it Allen West: This is Sparta! West used the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta as a metaphor
  • The Mean Kitty Song

    02/06/2009 5:13:51 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 796+ views
    You Tube ^ | Sept. 5 2007 | Cory Williams
    Follow the link or click here.
  • "Because only Spartan women give birth to real men."

    06/26/2008 9:31:27 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 40 replies · 2,280+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | June 26, 2008 | Christopher Cook
    "Because only Spartan women give birth to real men." The people who fight for civilization, and those who seek its destruction.By Christopher Cook For those of you have yet to see 300, do yourselves a favor and see it. (Warning: Spoiler Alert) This movie is not just about the past. It's about today. Right now. It's about each one of you who stands in the breach against the enemy. And it's about each one of you who stands against the enemy within, who would happily widen that breach. Today's enemy is Islamofascism, but it is little different from the hordes...
  • "300" Zionist Spartans - And The Delusions Of Dinesh D'Souza (Don Feder Alert)

    04/06/2007 10:13:41 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 41 replies · 1,480+ views
    Don ^ | 04/06/2007 | Don Feder
    The movie "300" - based on a "graphic novel" (read comic book), itself loosely based on the battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) - has drawn the usual thoughtful and nuanced response from the turbaned thugs who run Iran. The last stand of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans denigrates the glorious Persian antecedents of present day Iran, charges Javad Shangari, art advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "Art advisor" to a terrorist state - now there's a non sequitur. Does he critique artists who work in body parts? "Hollywood declares war on Iranians" blared the headline in a Tehran daily....
  • Victor Davis Hanson: With Your Shield or On It

    03/27/2007 1:35:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,587+ views
    City Journal ^ | 7 March 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Zack Snyder?s 300: a spirited take on a clash of civilizationsOn Monday night in Hollywood I attended an advance screening of the entertaining new Zack Snyder movie 300, starring Gerard Butler as Leonidas, king of Sparta. This past October, I had seen an earlier version when screenwriter Kurt Johnstad asked me to take a look at an advance copy of the film. He drove down to my farm, I liked what I saw, and I then wrote an introduction to the book accompanying the film. So I am not a disinterested observer. In truth, I think that many critics will...
  • 300 First Battle Clip 7 min!!!!!!

    Click on above link to see
  • 300

    03/17/2007 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Streetlamp · 14 replies · 1,665+ views
    The Asylum ^ | 3-17-2007 | Ruprecht
    When a messenger warned Leonidas, The Spartan King, that the Persian Army under Xerxes was invading Greece to destroy Democratic Greece, and that the Athenians were afraid and badly needed help, Leonidas replied, "What do you expect from a nation of philosophers and boy-lovers?" And, strapping on his war gear, took his men and marched into history. And yes, there is a direct parallel between the modern day Marines and their willingness to die to save Democracy and the clueless Liberal boy lovers it so tragically spawns...
  • Sparta

    03/17/2007 3:52:36 AM PDT · by sig226 · 101 replies · 2,163+ views
    several ^ | 3/17/07 | self
    I keep seeing threads about the movie 300, and comments about its portrayal of the fighting spirit, freedom isn't free, etc. I haven't seen this movie, even though peoples' comments are almost all in favor of it. I'll go see it soon enough. People here and in the media are making a connection between ancient Sparta and the modern United States. That bothers me. Sparta was not a symbol of freedom, nor was it much of anything else we admire. The term spartan means ". . . sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere." Personally, I like stuff....
  • Fiction doesn't deserve a petition (great Iranian comment on 300)

    03/14/2007 11:07:55 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 11 replies · 899+ views ^ | March 9, 2007 | Naz Ghassemian
    Let us focus on the people and issues that truly matter Nema Milaninia is right [See "The ridiculous truth"]. Iranians, especially those with "political" motivations and Zoroastrian ideals, ought to have far greater priorities than drafting petitions against 300. The fact that this movie has gathered their attention only indicates the lack of proper priorities and power these "groups" possess. If 300 was touted as an actual historical portrayal, the outrage indicated by this petition would be valid. However, it is based on a comic book. It is the creative fantasy of a comic book genius. The mere connection drawn...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on 300, etc (VDH Praises Romney)

    03/13/2007 7:17:23 PM PDT · by JCEccles · 57 replies · 1,317+ views
    Hugh Hewitt's Blog ^ | March 13, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt (Interviewer)
    HH: Joined now by one of our favorite guests, Victor Davis Hanson, professor of military history, noted author, and observer of the war. Victor, good to talk to you again. VDH: Thank you for having me, Hugh. HH: I want to start with a little bit of an off-the-wall question, Professor, because Sparta is the subject of the movie, 300. It made $70 million dollars this weekend. You are an expert on the Greeks, and what is the appeal of the story in modern America? VDH: I think Americans always identify with an underdog, remember our own mythology of the...

    01/16/2007 5:11:53 AM PST · by 7thson · 83 replies · 3,465+ views
    I just watched a trailer of the new movie coming out - 300. It looks fairly decent. Anyone have anything to say about the movie? There are scenes where the talk about freedom and being free. I do not know the history of back then, but watching the trailer, I seemed to get a connection with what is going on in the world right now concerning the WOT and the storyline of the movie. They go against Persia - modern day Iran. 300 against one million - the United States against the world. Am I reading too much into this?...
  • Languages

    03/22/2006 8:50:27 PM PST · by Madamoiselle · 17 replies · 522+ views
    I need some expertise on reading the greek language, or greek translated to latin. . . to english. I'm a bit lost.
  • Frank Miller's film "300" trailer and great historical analysis of parallels with war on terror

    12/09/2006 12:50:01 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 10 replies · 857+ views
    The clash of east and west is truly ancient. The lastest trailer for "300" is must see!
  • 300:New Frank Miller Movie About Sparta and the Persians[Vanity]

    09/24/2006 11:06:50 PM PDT · by GinJax · 21 replies · 2,222+ views
    Just wanted to give everyone who likes actions type movies the heads up about the new Frank Miller movie depicting the Battle of Thermopylae called 300. No doubt all Freepers knows the story. Either you like FM or you don't. Here is a link to a preview: Looks interesting, if you don't like movies try the book Gates of Fire, that should get ya to the movie. I hope the movie lays of the whole homo erotic themes.
  • Virgil's Demi-God City 'Found'

    04/07/2006 11:09:48 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,861+ views
    ANSA ^ | 4-6-2006
    Virgil's demi-god city 'found'Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas at Amyclae (ANSA) - Rome, April 6 - Italian archaeologists believe they have found an ancient city where the demi-gods Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas, the Trojan hero whose descendants founded Rome . Lorenzo and Stefania Quilici of Bologna and Naples universities claim the large, massive-walled settlement dating from the VI to III Century BCE was the city of Amyclae, believed by Renaissance scholars to be somewhere near Lake Fondi between Rome and Naples . "The road there is a perfectly preserved stretch of the ancient Via Appia," said Lorenzo Quilici ....
  • The Battle of Leuctra, 371 BCE

    08/04/2006 1:26:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 335+ views
    Ancient History Sourcebook, Fordham University ^ | c. 360 BCE | Xenophon: Hellenica
    the Lacedaemonians posted their cavalry in front of their squares of infantry, and the Thebans imitated them. Only there was this difference---the Theban horse were in a high state of training and efficiency, thanks to their war with the Orchomenians, and also their war with Thespiae; the Lacedaemonian cavalry was at its very worst just now. The horses were reared and kept by the richest citizens; but whenever the levy was called out, a trooper appeared who took the horse with any sort of arms that might be presented to him, and set off on an expedition at a moment's...
  • Battle of Thermaepole being made into a movie

    01/20/2006 10:06:28 AM PST · by Tree of Liberty · 95 replies · 2,155+ views
    Warner Bros. ^ | January 20, 2006
    Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Millers (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale. Warner Bros. Pictures Presents in Association with...
  • Ruin?

    11/07/2005 4:37:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 800+ views
    NRO ^ | November 07, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version November 07, 2005, 11:15 a.m. Ruin? Was is death or renewal in Athens? EDITOR'S NOTE: Victor Davis Hanson's latest book, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War has recently been released by Random House. This week National Review Online will be excerpting Chapter 10 of the book. Below is the first part. Check back tomorrow for part two and click on Amazon to purchase A War Like No Other here. Was Athens or Greece itself destroyed by the war? An entire...
  • Principal bans students from using online personal profiles, blogs

    10/25/2005 8:27:33 AM PDT · by Cagey · 83 replies · 1,416+ views
    Student Press Law Center ^ | 10-25-2005 | Kyle McCarthy
    NEW JERSEY An administrator at a private high school has threatened students with suspension unless they erased all personal profiles and blogs from the Internet. Rev. Kieran McHugh, Principal of Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, N.J. banned students from accessing social networking sites such as, citing student safety as his primary concern, according to the Daily Record, a newspaper serving the northern New Jersey community. Web sites such as allow users to post biographical information and pictures in personal profiles. These profiles help users communicate with others who share similar interests. "I don't see...
  • Priming the Pump of Envy

    06/10/2005 12:11:51 PM PDT · by Numidian Horse · 11 replies · 809+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | June 10, 2005 | Lee Duigon
    Priming the Pump of Envy June 10, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Lee Duigon -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As the New York Times, the labor unions, and the crowd just keep on and on lamenting "the unequal distribution of wealth" in the Bad Old U.S.A., it might be useful to take a look at the only state in history that made a serious, sincere effort to equalize wealth among its citizens. That state was Sparta, ancient Sparta. Starting at around 600 B.C., the Spartans tried to re-engineer their society so that all Spartans would be equal. Credit for this idea usually goes to the...
  • The First Persian War - Greek Wars

    08/21/2004 7:35:01 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 12,092+ views
    Iranian Cultural Heritage ^ | 8/21/04 | Iranian Cultural Heritage
    Our main sources for early Hoplite warfare come from the writings of Herodotus, who was born in the Greek city of Halicarnassus, on the southwest coast of Asia Minor, in 484 bc. He was an Ionian Greek who traveled widely and lived for a while in Athens, before settling in Thurii, a Greek colony in southern Italy. He died about 424 BC. We also get information from Thucydides, an Athenian who wrote of the Pelopponnesian Wars. We can also find references in the works of several of the Greek playwrights' material on Hoplite warfare. We can find an account of...
  • Astronomers Revise Date of Ancient Greek-Persian Battle

    07/22/2004 11:48:19 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 1,387+ views
    Iranian Cultural Heritage ^ | 7/22/04 | Iranian Cultural Heritage
    A team of astronomer gumshoes has pinned down the date of an ancient Greek-Persian battle at Marathon that led to a long-distance run and the sport that survives today in its honor. Analysis of lunar records show the 490 B.C. battle occurred not on the long accepted date of September 12, but a full month earlier, researchers said. How important is a month for a professional runner more than 2,000 years ago? Apparently it's a matter of life and death. According the Greek historian Herodotus, Plutarch and others, after the Greek army routed their Persian attackers at Marathon the long-distance...
  • Boy's bear visit speaks volumes about hunt

    05/22/2003 6:58:40 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 48 replies · 555+ views ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2003 | By RICHARD COWEN
    Boy's bear visit speaks volumes about hunt Thursday, May 22, 2003 By RICHARD COWENSTAFF WRITER It's been a wild two days for a kid still in diapers who can't talk, but Mark Tregidgo of Sparta has suddenly become the poster child for New Jersey's proposed bear hunt. Tregidgo survived a close encounter with a black bear that wandered into an enclosed front porch Tuesday afternoon and touched him. Now the bear is dead, the child was to appear with his family today on "Good Morning America," - and the state Division of Youth and Family Services is investigating whether the...
  • Bear swats Sparta toddler

    05/21/2003 4:05:45 AM PDT · by ZULU · 31 replies · 7,396+ views
    Daily Record ^ | May 21, 2003 | Rob Jennings
    <p>SPARTA - A black bear swatted a 2-year-old boy outside his family's home Tuesday afternoon, police said.</p> <p>Mark Tregidgo suffered a bump to the head but was otherwise uninjured in the 1:19 p.m. incident, Police Sgt. Russell Smith said.</p> <p>The 150-pound, 4-year-old female bruin was shot and killed by police shortly afterward, Smith said. The frightening incident, although extremely rare, is expected to strengthen calls for a statewide bear hunt.</p>
  • A POSSIBLE GLITCH: Self-search is broken. Will fix as soon as we can.

    11/30/2002 11:12:00 AM PST · by Sparta · 59 replies · 378+ views
    11/30/02 | Me
    When I click on NEW POSTS TO YOU, my new posts aren't coming up. Also, when I didn't post anything or recieve a reply, it still indicates that I did post something. This happening to anyone else?
  • Which Greek City-State do you think we derive or modern day characteristics from Sparta of Athens

    11/15/2002 7:47:20 PM PST · by F_L_A · 12 replies · 966+ views
    Pick which one you think is right. I'm interested in hear what you think.
  • Battle of Thermopylae

    11/15/2002 2:10:24 PM PST · by Sparta · 129 replies · 14,597+ views
    Thermopylae The Greeks realized that it was only a matter of time before the Persians came back. Darius died in 494 BCE, six years after Marathon. His son, Xerxes, would continue his work. The empire had already expanded as far south, north, and east as possible. The only way to go was west, and conquer Europe. The plan was formulated to invade Greece and Greek Sicily before raiding the rich Italian peninsula. Xerxes started a large buildup of his army and supplies. He sent slaves to cut a canal through the peninsula at Mount Athos so that his fleet would...