Bronze figure of a running girl

Event information

20 Jul 2020


Please note this is a digital event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

These events are free however donations are greatly appreciated.

In this digital discussion, academic and author Andrew J Bayliss shares fascinating insights into the helots and women in Spartan society.

The myths surrounding Sparta are as old as the city itself, but the truth behind the myths can be hard to discover, lost among the legend which was even perpetuated by later Spartans, who ran a thriving tourist industry that exaggerated the famed brutality of their ancestors.

Hear from academic and author Andrew J Bayliss in this virtual event, exclusively for Members. Join Andrew as he attempts to uncover the truth behind the helots and women in Spartan society, from the exploitation of the indigenous helot population, to their unparalleled position in the pre-modern world in educating women to allow them a clear voice in society.

Andrew J Bayliss is a Senior Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Birmingham and is the author of new book The Spartans (Oxford University Press, 2020). He has published extensively on Sparta and Ancient Greece, including After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Oath and State in Ancient Greece (De Gruyte, 2012), which was co-written with Alan H Sommerstein. He has completed commentaries on the fragments of the lost Spartan authors Tyrtaeus and Sosibius for Brill's New Jacoby Online, and is currently working on a database of ancient references to Spartan emotions, actions, and attitudes.

To access this event 

Join the discussion from 18.15 on 20 July 2020. Once you've accessed this event, one of the Membership team will be ready to greet you and talk through how to ask questions and take part. After the initial presentation and discussion, we will be inviting questions from the audience.

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Places are limited but the event will be recorded and circulated shortly afterwards in the weekly Members' email.

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