The Spartans

The Spartans

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Credit: Lion Television

Classical historian Bettany Hughes uncovers the fascinating and mysterious story of Sparta's rise and fall.

Against the epic backdrop of the battles at Thermopylae, Leutra and the Pelopponesian Wars, she attempts to separate the truth from the myth about this society: how it was organised, how it achieved such military fame and why it failed to endure.

The complete series of The Spartans, airing Tuesday, December 14 from 7 - 10 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilisations the world has ever witnessed – one founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality, centred on the collective, whose goal was to create the perfect state and the perfect warrior.