The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy (Paperback)

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The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy (Paperback)

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Covering Sparta's full classical history, The Bronze Lie examines the myth of Spartan warrior supremacy.

The last stand at Thermopylae made the Spartans legends in their own time, famous for their toughness, stoicism and martial prowess – but was this reputation earned?


The Spartan hoplite enjoys unquestioned currency as history's greatest fighting man. Spartans were known for their refusal to surrender in the face of impossible odds, even when it meant certain death. But was this simply the success of a propaganda machine?

Covering Sparta's full classical history from the foundation of the city-state through to its final overthrow by Rome in the 1st century BC, The Bronze Lie examines the myth of Spartan warrior supremacy and paints a very different picture of Spartan warfare – one punctuated by frequent and heavy losses.

Author Myke Cole looks at the major battles, with a special focus on previously under-publicized Spartan reverses that have been left largely unexamined. He reveals why Spartan society became dedicated to militarism, and examines the men who lived under its brutal rule. The result is a refreshingly honest and accurate account of Spartan warfare.

Myke Cole has had a colorful and varied career, with service in war and crisis response. He currently works as a security and intelligence consultant in the private sector. He has published extensively in military history and security, including pieces in the journals of the American Association of Museums and the American Historical Association, and is also a popular fantasy and science fiction novelist with several major imprints, including Ace/Roc, Tor and Angry Robot. Myke also appeared on CBS' hit TV show Hunted, where he joined a team of elite investigators pursuing fugitives across the southeastern United States. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472843760
ISBN-10: 1472843762
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 464
Language: English

“This book will have a great impact helping people put to right where the Spartan Mirage currently holds sway.” —Professor Stephen Hodkinson, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, University of Nottingham

“The "Spartan mirage," as it has been termed, is one of history's greatest distortions -- a myth of Spartan strength built up over millennia, still propagated today in politics and popular culture. With a masterful array of evidence, Myke Cole lifts the curtain to show us the real human beings -- flawed, conflicted, and above all, vulnerable -- who somehow built themselves up into supermen.” —James Romm, Professor of Classics and author of 'The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom'

“As entertaining as it is enlightening, Myke Cole's The Bronze Lie reveals the fascinating reality behind one of the most pervasive myths of the ages. This is Sparta.” —Professor Michael Livingston, The Citadel