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When it comes to ancient Greece, Athens gets all the attention–but Sparta deserves most of the credit for the defeat of the Persians during the classical period, says author and Ricochet contributor Paul A. Rahe in his new book, The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Rahe argues that the West owes much more to the Spartans than 300 (which is an excellent movie) and accuses many historians of overrating the importance of Athens. He explains why he calls the Persian invasion a “jihad” and whether the Spartans have any lessons to teach Americans in the 21st century.