|Acropolis of Athens, 2012, Photo by author.|
|Sparta, April 2016, Photo by Author|
|The Spartan Amphitheater, 2012, Photo by Author|
I would also like to point out that no Spartan has left a written description of his/her city that has survived to our time. Would a Spartan have found the Acropolis in Athens “magnificent” or simply “distant, intellectual and arrogant”? Would a Spartan necessarily have admired the altar at Pergamom? Or found it “gaudy” and “busy”-- as many people see rococo architecture today? Sparta was different from other cities of its age, particularly Athens. Does that necessarily mean it was less attractive?
|Ancient Nemea Today, Photo by Author|
|Spartan homes would have had views like this from the windows. Who needs wall paintings? Photo by Auhthor|
This Sparta is the setting of my novels about Leonidas: