Spartan Lessons

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Spartan Lessons

Title page from Spartan Lessons, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Tyrtaeus
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Published Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis
Date 1759
Edition First Foulis edition
Language Greek text, followed by English commentary and Latin translation
Volumes 1 volume set
Pages xxvii, 30 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill
Desc. 20 cm. "The following Latin translation of Tyrtaeus is printed, without any alteration, from the edition of H. Stephens, in duodecimo, 1579."
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Tyrtaeus (685-668 B.C.E.) was a Greek elegiac poet, probably born in Sparta. His war songs inspired the Spartans during the second Messenian War (650-630 B.C.E.)[1] and are examples of early Spartan militarism.[2] The name Tyrtaeus has been given to many martial poets who have encouraged their countrymen to deeds of arms and victory.[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Includes marbled endpapers and pencil inscription "1579" on title page.

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  1. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, s.v. "Tyrtaeus," accessed September 27, 2013,
  2. The Hutchinson Encyclopedia, s.v. "Tyrtaeus (lived 7th century BC)," accessed September 27, 2013,
  3. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, s.v. "Tyrtaeus," accessed September 27, 2013,