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  • Aristophanes labels a gang of pro-Sparta aristocratic youths as "Socratified."†   (source)
  • Friday night I split wood and fell asleep reading about the Spartans.†   (source)
  • Lycurgus wrote Sparta's laws.†   (source)
  • The whole conception strikes me rather as being another example of the kind of work I saw a few weeks ago in the small museum in Sparta, on the morning before the news of this year's Nobel Prize in literature was announced.†   (source)
  • Sparta is an extinct volcano, by the way.†   (source)
  • Alcman of Sparta.†   (source)
  • —although we were not as civilized as Athens and they were not as brave as Sparta.   (source)
  • I wish it was like that movie, with the Persians and the Spartans.   (source)
    Spartans = people of an ancient Greek city who were famous for military prowess
  • The dead become this massive roadblock standing between the Persians and the road to Sparta.   (source)
    Sparta = ancient Greek city famous for military prowess
  • When the Persians finally overran the Spartans, I looked over at Augustus again.   (source)
    Spartans = people of an ancient Greek city who were famous for military prowess
  • I watched my own screen through squinted eyes as the mountain grew with the bodies of Persians and Spartans.   (source)
  • The bodies of the Persians and the Spartans piled up, and I couldn't quite figure out why the Persians were so evil or the Spartans so awesome.   (source)
  • In the end we watched 300, a war movie about 300 Spartans who protect Sparta from an invading army of like a billion Persians.   (source)
    Sparta = ancient Greek city famous for military prowess
  • Toward the end of the movie, almost everyone is dead, and there is this insane moment when the Spartans start stacking the bodies of the dead up to form a wall of corpses.   (source)
    Spartans = people of an ancient Greek city who were famous for military prowess
  • When the Persians attacked, they had to climb up the wall of death, and the Spartans were able to occupy the high ground atop the corpse mountain, and as the bodies piled up, the wall of martyrs only became higher and therefore harder to climb, and everybody swung swords/shot arrows, and the rivers of blood poured down Mount Death, etc. I took my head off his shoulder for a moment to get a break from the gore and watched Augustus watch the movie.   (source)
  • Why, if this were Sparta, Percy would be a man today!†   (source)
  • The title was lurid red: KING OF SPARTA.†   (source)
  • Then outsiders (Creon in the play, the Spartans in reality) wouldn't be trying to overrun us.†   (source)
  • She also noticed that the King of Sparta poster had been wadded up and thrown in the trash.†   (source)
  • And, of course, he would always be known as the King of Sparta.†   (source)
  • An hour later, the two of them stood on a hill overlooking the ruins of Ancient Sparta.†   (source)
  • A Macedonian army quickly appeared and took possession of Sparta.†   (source)
  • The Spartans came here to prepare for battle, to face their fears.†   (source)
  • Fewer people gave Lycurgus of Sparta his authority.†   (source)
  • This chained god we're supposed to find in Sparta?†   (source)
  • Annabeth stared at the distant shape of the Argo II floating above downtown Sparta.†   (source)
  • Sparta, another republic, was little more than an army camp.†   (source)
  • Ambition led Cleomenes, king of Sparta, to make an unprovoked attack on the Achaeans.†   (source)
  • "We should reach Sparta by morning," Leo announced.†   (source)
  • The Spartans didn't chain Ares because they wanted his spirit to stay in their city.†   (source)
  • The Phocians, aided by Athens and Sparta, refused to submit to the decree.†   (source)
  • But, sire, they will arrive at Sparta by morning!†   (source)
  • Lastly, Sparta had the Ephori, and Rome had the Tribunes.†   (source)
  • Instead, Athens and Sparta, inflated by victories and glory, became rivals and then enemies.†   (source)
  • Our brother Mimas awaits them at Sparta.†   (source)
  • Some authors say it was similar to the institutions of Sparta and Rome.†   (source)
  • Ever since Sparta, they'd learned that they could tackle problems together from two different sides.†   (source)
  • This is Athens, the other we've christened Sparta.†   (source)
  • He's gone off to Sparta with some friends," Jean replied.†   (source)
  • I never liked the Spartans much.†   (source)
  • If I'd had to hear one more poem that started with, There once was a goddess from Sparta— I've got it!†   (source)
  • In 464 BCE, I caused an earthquake that wiped out most of Sparta by hitting a fault line at the right angle.†   (source)
  • In my state we have a Troy (one of whose high schools is Athens—and they say there are no comedians in education), an Ithaca, a Sparta, a Romulus, a Remus, and a Rome.†   (source)
  • Some thought he'd been kidnapped by terrorists, or rabid fans, or had heroically escaped from ransom seekers using his incredible King of Sparta fighting skills.†   (source)
  • Alcibiades had other strikes against him: four years earlier, Alcibiades had fled to Sparta to avoid facing trial for mutilating religious pillars—statues of Hermes—and while in Sparta had proposed to that state's leaders that he help them defeat Athens.†   (source)
  • Sparta—the model of a closed society—and Athens were enemies: the remark suggests Socrates' teaching may have started to be seen as subversive by 417 B.C.E. The standing of Socrates among his fellow citizens suffered mightily during two periods in which Athenian democracy was temporarily overthrown, one four-month period in 411-410 and another slightly longer period in 404-403.†   (source)
  • Apparently the Spartans kept a statue of him chained up in their city so the spirit of war would never leave them.†   (source)
  • After the war with Persia, Sparta demanded some cities be expelled from the confederacy for being unfaithful.†   (source)
  • Weirdly, the one in the lead reminded Piper of her dad when he'd grown a beard for his role in King of Sparta.†   (source)
  • However, the Athenians decided they would lose more partisans than Sparta, giving the latter a majority.†   (source)
  • Piper thought about her dad's most famous movie, King of Sparta, and how the Spartans were portrayed as invincible supermen.†   (source)
  • Sparta next governed it for 29 years.†   (source)
  • Sparta and Rome had a senate for life.†   (source)
  • He hadn't been out of bed in a day and a half, ever since the girls got back from Sparta and he'd unexpectedly collapsed.†   (source)
  • However, when Sparta became part of the Achaean league, her ancient laws and institutions were abolished and those of the Achaeans adopted.†   (source)
  • "Anyway," Frank said, "according to my Pylos cousins, the chained god we're looking for in Sparta is my dad ...uh, I mean Ares, not Mars.†   (source)
  • As a member of the Amphictyonic confederacy, Sparta fully exercised her government and her legislation.†   (source)
  • Piper thought about her dad's most famous movie, King of Sparta, and how the Spartans were portrayed as invincible supermen.†   (source)
  • In Sparta, the Ephori, the annually elected representatives of the people, were an overmatch for the senate for life.†   (source)
  • A chained god's heartbeat in Sparta?†   (source)
  • Representatives in Sparta, Rome, Crete†   (source)
  • Too much stands in your way: the poison of Pylos, the chained god's heartbeat in Sparta, the curse of Delos!†   (source)
  • All Greece seemed ready to unite in one confederacy until jealousy and envy in Sparta and Athens, over the rising glory of the Achaeans, threw a fatal wrench into the enterprise.†   (source)
  • Piper, do you think it was Sparta?†   (source)
  • Since Sparta they'd become quite a team—able to work together without even talking, which was just as well, since they couldn't have heard each other over the storm.†   (source)
  • According to Annabeth, the hill they stood on had once been Sparta's acropolis—its highest point and main fortress—but it was nothing like the massive Athenian acropolis Piper had seen in her dreams.†   (source)
  • On to Sparta, then.†   (source)
  • We made it to Sparta.†   (source)
  • The Spartans were freaks.†   (source)
  • The island lay golden in the heartless, unfeeling sunlight as the ship came slowly into sight above the twin peaks of Sparta.†   (source)
  • But three weeks later, on the first day that the causeway was reopened, George and his bicycle set off briskly towards Sparta.†   (source)
  • Two kilometres to the north she could see the causeway-a thin knife-edge dividing the water— that led to Sparta.†   (source)
  • She had watched with horrified eyes as the black and foam-capped wall of water had moved roaring in from the horizon to smother the base of Sparta in spume and spray.†   (source)
  • From Sparta.†   (source)
  • Find Einhorn in a serious mood when his fatty, beaky, noble Bourbon face was thoughtful, and he'd give you the lowdown on the mechanical age, and on strength and frailty, and piece it out with little digressions on the history of cripples—the dumbness of the Spartans, the fact that Oedipus was lame, that gods were often maimed, that Moses had faltering speech and Dmitri the Sorcerer a withered arm, Caesar and Mahomet epilepsy, Lord Nelson a pinned sleeve—but especially on the machine age and the kind of advantage that had to be taken of it; with me like a man-at-arms receiving a lecture from the learned signor who felt like passing out discourse.†   (source)
  • I—I do what I can, but you see I've got Fanny to support, and then, too, I've got my mother and two widowed sisters down in Sparta to look after.†   (source)
  • She discovered she knew the groom quite well, for he was Tommy Wellburn from Sparta and she had nursed him in 1863 when he had a wound in his shoulder.†   (source)
  • The man from Sparta, a grave, intense youngster, babbled, "Say!†   (source)
  • Get out bonds to finance it?" asked a Sparta broker.†   (source)
  • "Well, I'll be switched!" said the man from Sparta, with difficulty hiding his laughter.†   (source)
  • Drinking steadily, only halfconscious of whither he was going, of what he desired to do, shamefully haunted by Leora and Clif and the swift hands of Gottlieb, he flitted from Zenith to the city of Sparta, across to Ohio, up into Michigan, west to Illinois.†   (source)
  • It excited him to stand on that spot of which he had read so much; it was classic ground to him; and he felt the awe and the delight which some old don might feel when for the first time he looked on the smiling plain of Sparta.†   (source)
  • A broad stairway led from the street to the upper hall, along which were the doors of a lawyer's office, a dentist's, a photographer's "studio," the lodge-rooms of the Affiliated Order of Spartans and, at the back, the Perrys' apartment.†   (source)
  • Move we accept the bid from Sparta!†   (source)
  • These convictions she presented to Vida Sherwin—Vida Wutherspoon—beside a radiator, over a bowl of not very good walnuts and pecans from Uncle Whittier's grocery, on an evening when both Kennicott and Raymie had gone out of town with the other officers of the Ancient and Affiliated Order of Spartans, to inaugurate a new chapter at Wakamin.†   (source)
  • The man from Sparta said he was a "bum singer," and for ten minutes Babbitt quarreled with him, in a loud, unsteady, heroic indignation.†   (source)
  • A fog-horn voice blared, "In Eureka we'll promise free motor rides through the prettiest country—" Running down the aisle, clapping his hands, a lean bald young man cried, "I'm from Sparta!†   (source)
  • In the exhibit-room were plans of the new suburbs of Sparta, pictures of the new state capitol, at Galop de Vache, and large ears of corn with the label, "Nature's Gold, from Shelby County, the Garden Spot of God's Own Country."†   (source)
  • But on the train his pride was restored by meeting delegates from Sparta, Pioneer, and other smaller cities of the state, who listened respectfully when, as a magnifico from the metropolis of Zenith, he explained politics and the value of a Good Sound Business Administration.†   (source)
  • As Monte Cristo approached, she leaned upon the elbow of the arm that held the narghile, and extending to him her other hand, said, with a smile of captivating sweetness, in the sonorous language spoken by the women of Athens and Sparta, "Why demand permission ere you enter?†   (source)
  • I have heard the tale of the kneepan of Ajax, the pretended body of Orestes claimed to have been found by the Spartans, and of the body of Asterius, ten cubits long, of which Pausanias speaks.†   (source)
  • They were portraits of great men of history who had spent their lives in perpetual devotion to a great human ideal: Thaddeus Kosciusko, the hero whose dying words had been Finis Poloniae;* Markos Botzaris, for modern Greece the reincarnation of Sparta's King Leonidas; Daniel O'Connell, Ireland's defender; George Washington, founder of the American Union; Daniele Manin, the Italian patriot; Abraham Lincoln, dead from the bullet of a believer in slavery; and finally, that martyr for the redemption of the black race, John Brown, hanging from his gallows as Victor Hugo's pencil has so terrifyingly depicted.†   (source)
  • It was implacable duty; the police understood, as the Spartans understood Sparta, a pitiless lying in wait, a ferocious honesty, a marble informer, Brutus in Vidocq.†   (source)
  • It was implacable duty; the police understood, as the Spartans understood Sparta, a pitiless lying in wait, a ferocious honesty, a marble informer, Brutus in Vidocq.†   (source)
  • We are few in number, we have a whole army arrayed against us; but we are defending right, the natural law, the sovereignty of each one over himself from which no abdication is possible, justice and truth, and in case of need, we die like the three hundred Spartans.†   (source)
  • For nothing must be flattered, not even a great people; where there is everything there is also ignominy by the side of sublimity; and, if Paris contains Athens, the city of light, Tyre, the city of might, Sparta, the city of virtue, Nineveh, the city of marvels, it also contains Lutetia, the city of mud.†   (source)
  • Rome and Sparta stood for many ages armed and free.†   (source)
  • Agamemnon, king of Mykene, and Menelaos, king of nearby Sparta, are the sons of Atreus.†   (source)
  • The Spartans held Athens and Thebes, establishing there an oligarchy, nevertheless they lost them.†   (source)
  • There are, for example, the Spartans and the Romans.†   (source)
  • And wide-eyed Hera answered: "Dearest to me are these three cities: Mykene of the broad lanes, Argos, Sparta.†   (source)
  • Menelaos, whom the wargod loves, received him often in our house in Sparta when he crossed over out of Krete.†   (source)
  • Next, those of Lakedaimon, land of gorges, men who had lived at Pharis, Sparta, Messe haunted by doves, Bryseiai, fair Augeiai, Amyklai, too, and Helps by the sea, and Laas and the land around Oitylos: these Menelaos Agamemnon's brother, lord of the warcry, led with sixty ships, and drawn up separately from all the rest they armed, as Menelaos on his own burned to arouse his troops to fight.†   (source)
  • (*) Nabis, tyrant of Sparta, conquered by the Romans under Flamininus in 195 B.C.; killed 192 B.C. (+) Messer Giorgio Scali†   (source)
  • They wished to hold Greece as the Spartans held it, making it free and permitting its laws, and did not succeed.†   (source)
  • Nabis,(*) Prince of the Spartans, sustained the attack of all Greece, and of a victorious Roman army, and against them he defended his country and his government; and for the overcoming of this peril it was only necessary for him to make himself secure against a few, but this would not have been sufficient had the people been hostile.†   (source)
  • BOOK FOUR — The King and Queen of Sparta   (source)
  • I'm sailing off to Sparta, sandy Pylos too,
    for news of my dear father's journey home.†   (source)
  • He's off to sandy Pylos to hire cutthroats,
    even Sparta perhaps, so hot to have our heads.†   (source)
  • I'm sailing off to Sparta, sandy Pylos too,
    for news of my long-lost father's journey home.†   (source)
  • Next I will send him off to Sparta and sandy Pylos,
    there to learn of his dear father's journey home.†   (source)
  • From Sparta he brought Alector's daughter as the bride
    for his own full-grown son, the hardy Megapenthes,
    born to him by a slave.†   (source)
  • I'm off to Sparta, where the women are a wonder,
    to call Telemachus home, your own dear son, Odysseus.†   (source)
  • First go down to Pylos, question old King Nestor,
    then cross over to Sparta, to red-haired Menelaus,
    of all the bronze-armored Achaeans the last man back.†   (source)
  • What occurred was not the turning of the tide at Gettysburg nor the stand of the Spartans at Thermopylae, but hardly more than a fly-swatting.†   (source)
  • SPARTANS GNASH MOLARS.†   (source)
  • The Phocians, being abetted by Athens and Sparta, refused to submit to the decree.†   (source)
  • Sparta, Rome, and Carthage are, in fact, the only states to whom that character can be applied.†   (source)
  • The Soveraignty therefore was alwaies in that Assembly which had the Right to Limit him; and by consequence the government not Monarchy, but either Democracy, or Aristocracy; as of old time in Sparta; where the Kings had a priviledge to lead their Armies; but the Soveraignty was in the Ephori.†   (source)
  • From thence it fled forth, and made quick transmigration To goldy-lock'd Euphorbus, who was killed in good fashion, At the siege of old Troy, by the cuckold of Sparta.†   (source)
  • Lycurgus was the lawgiver of Sparta.†   (source)
  • A cry more tuneable Was never holla'd to, nor cheer'd with horn, In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly.†   (source)
  • HIPPOLYTA I was with Hercules and Cadmus once When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear Such gallant chiding; for, besides the groves, The skies, the fountains, every region near Seem'd all one mutual cry: I never heard So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.†   (source)
  • Sparta, Athens, Rome, and Carthage were all republics; two of them, Athens and Carthage, of the commercial kind.†   (source)
  • Sparta was little better than a wellregulated camp; and Rome was never sated of carnage and conquest.†   (source)
  • In Sparta, the Ephori, the annual representatives of the people, were found an overmatch for the senate for life, continually gained on its authority and finally drew all power into their own hands.†   (source)
  • Lastly, in Sparta we meet with the Ephori, and in Rome with the Tribunes; two bodies, small indeed in numbers, but annually ELECTED BY THE WHOLE BODY OF THE PEOPLE, and considered as the REPRESENTATIVES of the people, almost in their PLENIPOTENTIARY capacity.†   (source)
  • All Greece caught the enthusiasm and seemed ready to unite in one confederacy, when the jealousy and envy in Sparta and Athens, of the rising glory of the Achaeans, threw a fatal damp on the enterprise.†   (source)
  • This policy was defeated by Cleomenes, king of Sparta, who was led by his ambition to make an unprovoked attack on his neighbors, the Achaeans, and who, as an enemy to Macedon, had interest enough with the Egyptian and Syrian princes to effect a breach of their engagements with the league.†   (source)
  • Instead of this obvious policy, Athens and Sparta, inflated with the victories and the glory they had acquired, became first rivals and then enemies; and did each other infinitely more mischief than they had suffered from Xerxes.†   (source)
  • The Cosmi of Crete were also annually ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE, and have been considered by some authors as an institution analogous to those of Sparta and Rome, with this difference only, that in the election of that representative body the right of suffrage was communicated to a part only of the people.†   (source)
  • just exhibited, whether, with all their enmity to their predecessors, they would, in any one point, depart so widely from their example, as in the discord and ferment that would mark their own deliberations; and whether the Constitution, now before the public, would not stand as fair a chance for immortality, as Lycurgus gave to that of Sparta, by making its change to depend on his own return from exile and death, if it were to be immediately adopted, and were to continue in force, not until a BETTER, but until ANOTHER should be agreed upon by this new assembly of lawgivers.†   (source)
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