Friday, September 24, 2010

Thucydides on Sparta

"If the city of the Lacedaemonians were deserted, and the shrines and foundations of buildings preserved, I think that after the passage of considerable time there would eventually be widespread doubt that their power measured up to their reputation. Since the city is not unified or furnished with elaborate shrines or public buildings but settled in villages the old Hellenic way, it would be considered inferior to those it has under its control."

I read that the olive trees on the Spartan Acropolis were planted to prevent significant erosion to the site.
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