Spartan Lessons

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by Tyrtaeus

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]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Tyrtaeus.

Title: Spartan Lessons; Or, The Praise Of Valour: In The Verses Of Tyrtaeus, An Ancient Athenian Poet, Adopted By The Republic Of Lacedaemon, And Employed To Inspire Their Youth With Warlike Sentiments.

Published: Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1759.

Edition: First Foulis edition;

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.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  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,